There have been rumors Sharon Osbourne may not return for another season of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but I never considered WHY she would want to quit. Sharon is angry with NBC. She feels they discriminated against her son, Jack Osbourne. WHAT?! Jack was supposed to be on NBC’s new reality TV show, ‘Stars Earn Stripes,’ but he was dropped from the show once he announced his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Sharon told the NY Post she quit despite having more time on her contract:
“I just can’t be fake. It’s discrimination and it was badly handled. It’s time to move on. All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.”
‘Stars Earns Stripes’ producer David Horowitz says Jack was never formally selected: they were simply in talks. Sharon and Jack admit it’s true he never signed a contract but claim talks were moving in that direction. Jack said he was sent an email from an NBC executive confirming his participation before he publicly disclosed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Soon after Jack’s disclosure, Sharon said she was sent an email saying ‘Stars and Stripes’ would move forward without Jack’s participation. Jack even offered to pay for his own insurance. Sharon says NBC offered to pay Jack his full appearance fee, but they declined. An NBC representative said the network “regrets” any misunderstanding contributing to Sharon’s decision to leave ‘America’s Got Talent.’
“Sharon has been a valuable part of the NBC family. We regret any misunderstanding and wish Jack well.”
I’m a little confused by this. ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ has celebrities competing doing military training exercises. Why in the world would Jack want to do that with multiple sclerosis? On the other hand, as long as he got medical clearance, it could’ve been very compelling. It’s too bad things came to this.
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