Sharon Osbourne Quitting America’s Got Talent After NBC Allegedly Fired Son Jack
Sharon Osbourne is quitting “America’s Got Talent” after NBC allegedly cut her son Jack from a new reality show following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Osbourne hinted that she may leave the talent competition last month, but claimed it was because she hadn’t yet been asked back by the network.
Now, the co-host of “The Talk” tells the New York Post that Jack was fired via email from the series “Stars Earn Stripes” — in which celebrities compete in military-style challenges — after NBC learned of his illness, and then lied about it to the press.
Osbourne says, “I just can’t be fake. It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.” “It’s time to move on,” the TV personality adds. David Hurwitz, the producer of “Stars Earn Stripes,” told reporters the network was in talks with Jack, but that he was never hired.
Sharon Osbourne insists this was not the case. While she admits Jack’s contract with NBC was never signed, Osbourne says there was a verbal agreement in place. The “AGT” judge evidences NBC’s email to Jack, in which Hurwitz allegedly wrote that the network “cannot move forward with Jack’s participation” in the show because “the rigors of the show were too intense for him.” Osbourne adds that Jack even offered to buy his own insurance policy, but that the producers declined.
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has since responded: “First, we have the deepest affection for Sharon Osbourne and consider her to be part of the NBC family. And our hearts go out to her, Ozzy, Jack and his family at this time.”
“We hold medical information in strict confidence and therefore cannot comment specifically about Jack, but as a company that cares deeply about the health and safety of everyone on our shows — especially one like Stars Earn Stripes that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition – we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate,” he noted. Greenblatt added, “Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.”
What do you think about Sharon Osbourne leaving “America’s Got Talent” over this dispute, and the NBC Entertainment chairman’s response?