Sharon Osbourne Is Leaving "America's Got Talent" Because NBC Rejected Jack for a Reality Show
SHARON OSBOURNE has FINALLY opened up about the vague Tweet she sent out last month saying she's "not returning" to "America's Got Talent". She says she's not coming back next season because she's ticked off at NBC for "firing" her son JACK in June. ("America's Got Talent" is on NBC.)
She tells the "New York Post" that Jack was deep in negotiations to do the upcoming military-themed reality show, "Stars Earn Stripes" but they suddenly cut ties with him right after he revealed that he had multiple sclerosis. She says, "I just can't be fake. It's discrimination, and it was badly handled. It's time to move on."
Sharon is under contract for another season, but she says, "They can't make me do something I don't want to do. All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years." She WILL finish this season though. She Tweeted, "Please don't misunderstand. I love [the show with] all my heart and will of course finish out the season. It's still one of the best shows on TV."
NBC has acknowledged that they had "serious discussions" with Jack "for many weeks", and that "all parties were hopeful he would join the show." But there was never a signed contract. A producer for the show says, "The rigors of the show were too intense for him." And it sounds like NBC made that determination. According to NBC, "Stars Earn Stripes" features "dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition."
An NBC suit released a statement saying that they didn't feel Jack would be medically cleared to COMPETE on the show, but they did offer him "two substantial alternative roles on the show, both of which he declined." The suit adds that NBC, "does not discriminate on any basis."
Sharon says NBC has tried to smooth things over with her, even offering to pay Jack's full appearance fee, but she refused. She says it isn't about money, and that NBC missed an opportunity for Jack to inspire people with the disease. (Jack vaguely mentioned this situation while discussing his diagnosis on "The Talk" back in June. He said he'd been fired by "a company", but didn't say it was NBC. There's video on YouTube, which you can see here.)