Sharon Osbourne appeared on CBS's LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN last night and confirmed her plans to exit the NBC talent competition "America's Got Talent." The reality star was still "fuming" over the news that the network fired her son Jack from their new reality TV series "Stars Earn Stripes" once it was disclosed that the 26-year-old was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Osbourne told Letterman, "I've done it for six years and this show is the most fabulous show to work on. … You know when your gut tells you it's time to move on, to do other things. I truly do love the show. If I wasn't on it, I'd still watch."
Asked why she would leave the show that she was so clearly fond of,Osbourne took an awkward pause and joked, "Wasn't it terrible about the Titanic? Shame, wasn't it?"
The fury began in June when Jack was a guest on Osbourne's 'The Talk' chatfest, claiming he had been fired from the military-themed reality series due to his medical condition. Soon after, "Stars and Stripes" held a press conference in LA, in which producer David Hurwitz insisted the younger Osbourne had never been officially hired in the first place. "He was somebody we were in talks with," Hurwitz explained.
Fired back Osbourne, "I was working without a signed contract right up until the live shows started on ‘America’s Got Talent. Everything is done at the last minute. We took six months to negotiate back and forth." He later claimed that on May 18th, he received an email from the network's VP of Talent Relations confirming, "We are looking forward to working with you. "I am happy you are going to be in the NBC family."
Sharon Osbourne sent The New York Post an e-mail she said she received from NBC just days after her son revealed his condition, which read, "Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation."
Commented Osbourne, "He didn’t want the money. He wanted his gig. It gave him something to look forward to when he was diagnosed. Think of the good that it could have done to show other people who have this [condition] that your life is not over.”