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Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and “America’s Got Talent” judge has left the hit NBC talent show following a heated dispute with the network.Osbourne’s son Jack was slated to compete on “Stars Earn Stripes”—an upcoming NBC show where eight celebrities are “pushed to their limits as they take on the challenges of real American heroes“— before he was unceremoniously dropped by the network.
“Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation,” the network explained in an e-mail to his mother.
This decision follows Jack’s public reveal in May that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite offering to provide his own insurance for the show, the network decided that having him on board would be too much of a liability, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
News of Jack’s dismissal was revealed when he made an appearance on CBS’s “The Talk,” where Sharon Osbourne is currently a host, along with Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler.
While there is some speculation Sharon’s departure from “America’s Got Talent” will hurt ratings on “The Talk,” this isn’t the first time the talk show has gone through a rough patch.
In the summer of 2011, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson-Peete were both fired. Remini took to Twitter, accusing the Osbourne matriarch of discriminating against them. “Sharon thought me and Holly were ‘ghetto.'”
“In response to Leah Remini’s continuous comments that I had her fired from ‘The Talk,’ let me just go on the record to say I had absolutely nothing to do with her departure from the show and have no idea why she continues to take to Twitter to spread this false gossip,” Ms. Osbourne quickly replied via Twitter.
Yet despite all the drama and accusations, “The Talk” (post-firing) maintained a solid 1.8 million household rating.
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