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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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61.

mg    

it's too bad that mommy has to come to these adult childrens defense everytime that they're told NO. i think most of us would agree that if kelly or jack would have been born in a normal everyday family they wouldn't have amounted to anything.

724 days ago
62.

Spirit    

Unfortunatley Sharon is wrong. I live with RR MS everyday. There is no way Jack would have been able to do any "army style" workout, not for very long anyways. Over doing it os bad for a normal person, but for someone with MS, it's even worse. Sharron, I understand you are fighting for your son, but trust me, it's better this way. If he were to over exert himself, it could mean losing fuction of his legs, or total blindness, ect, ect, ect. And I know that Sharron doesn't want to see her children hurt. So, please Sharron, don't leave your posotion over this. This IS better for him, trust me. Paying for you Jack. Adjusting your life is just step #1. ~ Sincerely, An MS FIGHTER

724 days ago
63.

NTL    

I don't blame NBC, there's a reason for the medical scrutiny in this type of competition. Should something happen to him or another participant because his body is not up to par, the Osbournes would have sued NBC's pants off. Sharon needs to get over herself.

724 days ago
64.

sallyjenn    

it's a shame, but i believe sharon and jack, sorry nbc, not!

724 days ago
65.

MikeR    

She quit because she doesn't like all the attention Howard is getting. He's taken over the show as I predicted and miss 'it's all about me' isn't all that pleased.

724 days ago
66.

MissCherrie78    

Some of you are huge ****ing *******s. I 100% support the Osbourne family. NBC can suck it..I was going to watch that show actually BECAUSE of Jack.

724 days ago
67.

Renee    

that is total BULL****! i HAVE HAD MS FOR 24 YEARS NOW AND NEVER USED ANY DRUGS!! you need to read up on why people have ms. not what your dumbass ****ing said

724 days ago
68.

DaveT    

Sharon is sexist filth who said it was...."fabulous"....when Catherine Kieu mutilated her husband, disabled him for life, left him peeing in bags, to fight off scar tissue growth and resulting infections the rest of his life.
Sharon said it was funny imagining his body parts being shredded in a garbage disposer.
Sharon was forced to apologize the next day, to the tune of....."I don't (giggle giggle) think male genital (giggle giggle) mutilation is funny (giggle giggle)"....
A younger woman, Leah Remini, had to step in and finish the old bags apology.
Sharon is trashy despicable filth, always was, always will be ;)

724 days ago
69.

jane doe    

Ok Sharon, pot calling the kettle black after you had Leah and Holly fired from the talk!

724 days ago
70.

Joao    

Sharon, you are one greedy, fvcked up bitch. You're more focused on money than your kid's health. Let me guess, if something happened and his doctor said he should have never participated then you'd sue NBC for being negligent or failing to yada yada, How in the hell did she get in the limelight in the first place, is Ozzy a Jew?

724 days ago
71.

DaveT    

Remember when the Osbournes was on MTV and Sharon was on her kid's bed and she rubbed the stuffed toy on her crotch and pretended to have sex with it...in front of then-young Jack and Kelly?
....while both begged their mom to stop?
Great mom, that Sharon.

724 days ago
72.

charley    

WHAT A PUZZY, BUT THEN AGAIN HE DOES LET WOMEN BEAT HIM UP AND COMES FROM A BITCH OF A MOTHER AND A DEADBRAIN ROCKER...PHK THE OSBOURNE FAMILY...ESPECIALLY THAT UGLY WHORE HE CALLS MOM! HES A JACKASS....I BELIEVE NBC THEN I WOULD SOME CLOSETED HOMO WITH MS!

724 days ago
73.

Lisa    

Seems legit. I can understand her being defensive though. That's her son.

724 days ago
74.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

Someone should put all the Osbournes, Kardashians, Hiltons, Gosselins, and Palins (and some other "reality stars") in a cage and let us poke sticks at them and pelt them with rotten food.........

724 days ago
75.

roll3567    

after all they ave done for/paid her, she has some nerve. what an unt.

724 days ago
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