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NBC to Sharon Osbourne

We Didn't FIRE Jack O.

Over M.S. Diagnosis

8/7/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NBC is lashing back at Sharon Osbourne ... claiming she was DEAD WRONG when she insisted the network fired her son from a reality show because he was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Sharon had told the media she was quitting her gig on "America's Got Talent" because NBC had "discriminated" against Jack Osbourne by dropping him from an upcoming reality show called, "Stars Earn Stripes" ... in which celebrities compete in various military-style physical challenges.

And to make matters worse, Sharon had claimed Jack was notified by e-mail ... just two days before production was set to begin.

But NBC claims Sharon is blowing the whole thing out of of proportion -- but admits the network decided to NOT ask Jack to participate as a contestant after going through vigorous medical screening.

NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt explains, "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."

The statement continued, "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."

Greenblatt added, "Our hearts go out to her, Ozzy, Jack and his family at this time."


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Sharon Osbourne is a disgrace to humanity. Why anyone cares what this hag things is beyond me.

807 days ago


well instead of her claiming these things she needs to SHOW AND PROVE the email.. her voice is horribly annoying

807 days ago


She's a man-hating bitch.

807 days ago


someone forget to proof read the story before posting it:)

807 days ago


Typical golddigger mentality, "It's all about me!!!" As if any of her lazy celebuspawns could participate in a physical activity like this. Now she'll have to make poor Ozzy tour again to add to her pile of gold she sleeps on.

807 days ago


sharon needs to stfu. permanently.

807 days ago


He couldn't pass the medical tests Sharon, so stop yelling about discrimination and get over yourself!

807 days ago

Delaware D    

NBC > Sharon

807 days ago


If they let him compete and he got hurt they would sue for allowing him to participate. Looks a catch 22 for NBC.
I'm not sorry to see her leave the show.

807 days ago


Sharon is wrong on this one. The show was unsuitable for Jack, as the medical tests showed.

807 days ago


I read about this story somewhere else already. Jack even offered to pay for his own insurance policy to be on the show. No contracts were signed, but they were two days away from filming and Jack was going on good faith. Basically because Sharon said she normally doesn't sign her contracts with NBC until the very last minute so it wasn't unusual that they hadn't put it into paper yet.

Good for Sharon for standing up for Jack. He was promised the role on the show. And was going to take responsibility for any injuries he got. They should have let him stay on if he wanted to do it so badly. I mean, they kept Todd Palin and there has got to be something wrong with him, lol, j/k.

807 days ago


People see what they want to see. People hear what they want to hear. This is about HER SON. If I fealt any of my boys were being done dirty, my mouth would be going ninety miles a minute lashing out at someone. In this case it's Sharon going off about how she feels about NBC doing what they did to HER SON! A mom is always a mom and If she feels her kids are being done wrong... .she's going to go off on someone. In this case she's upset with NBC so she is venting. If you don't want to hear what she has to say don't read things about her. She is defending her child and that's what MOMS do. We have their backs when ever, where ever and how ever we have to do it. She is a celeb and her opinion gets out fast and everywhere. She's just being a mom, get over it folks.

807 days ago

Rude Boy    

Dolvett Quince, a well known trainer stated that former NFL athletes like Dean Cain and Terry Crews were having doubts about the Navy Seal training activities in the show. If that's the case, why SHOULD NBC allow Jack to compete when he couldn't even pass the physical? That makes no sense.

807 days ago

News Flash     

I'd like to see Ozzy and his Thorozene Shuffle compete.

807 days ago

Jay W.     

Sharon... dirty little milf.

807 days ago
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