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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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76.

sidithers    

Ozzys cool
But Sharon and fat head Kelly (aka Ozzy in drag) and Jack should just go away
Please do us all a favor

723 days ago
77.

homey    

Jack Osbourne is a bag of dog ****..As is his sloppy looking sister

723 days ago
78.

Nic    

Didn't Sharon get Holly Robinson OFF THE CHEW!? LMAO KARMA IS INDEED A BITCH iF TRUE...

723 days ago
79.

Nic    

Didn't she have a hand in getting Holly Robinson fired from the TALK? if so KARMA is a BIATCH!

723 days ago
80.

ack9999    

Cut the cord, Sharon. Your son is an adult.

723 days ago
81.

canucanoe    

Oh com on now, get a grip on reality MUMMY!

723 days ago
82.

canucanoe    

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm so tired of the way these celebrity family members act obnoxious and entitled, and then become such publicity whores.

723 days ago
83.

Sally    

I think NBC screwed up - some patients are not disabled with the disease and can function as well as anyone else.

723 days ago
84.

Joybubble55    

Sharon let your son grow up.... I don't know why u r on any tv shows. You really have nothing t offer.....

722 days ago
85.

Barbie    

The moment a person hears those two words MS, the person's life will never be the same.

I having MS know why NBC didn't want him to participate in that particular show. I know that NBC is claiming his MS had absolutely nothing to do with his being fired in reality it has everything to do with his MS. But not in a way that Sharon Osborne thinks.

She's ignorant to what MS can do to one's body under those type of cir***stances. The likely hood of something terrible happening to him is way up in the 80% range.

Once diagnosed a person can't handle the stresses to the body that he would have to endure on this type of show. Not only are the chances good that his vision problem will return (optic neurotis)it may come back permanently. He may permanently lose the vision in the eye affected forever.

Worse yet, he could have an excerbation that will affect other body parts and once you begin having those excerbations there is no turning back.

Men in their 20's usually don't do well with MS. The progression is fast and hard and it doesn't care how physically fit you were before, it just quickly takes away things that you never imagined.

NBC did Jack Osborne the biggest favor of his life and he doesn't even realize it yet.

722 days ago
86.

Barbie    

The best thing Jack Osborne can do to slow down his progression of disability is to save his strength for pushing his daughter in a swing, or pushing her along in her stroller.

His daughter needs him to be alive and well, not some reality tv show.

722 days ago
87.

cari    

NBC President Bob Greenblatt is disingenuous. That was a very condescending and patronizing reply/comment. Just shows how phony and out of touch NBC is. No wonder they are the LAST network right now in ratings! The administration of NBC are a bunch of self serving, non-talented blowhards. All they do is collect paychecks and copy all of the other network shows. No inspiration, No ideas, No talent, No ethics, No morals. Perfect home for Jay Leno.

722 days ago
88.

derty ernie    

The only thing I can figure is Sharon is doing a lot of couch favors to get both her kids deals on tv shows considering neither have a lick of talent and neither does she. Matter of fact, I would bet the farm good ol Sharon just had a face lift because she looks like 30 all of a sudden and not 50.

722 days ago
89.

derty ernie    

I've always believed that Sharon got on all these shows and her kids too by doing some late night couch work for the execs. Notice she all of a sudden looks 30 so she must have gone under the knife again.

722 days ago
90.

tjsmith    

Why would Sharon want her son to compete in a reality show where he could get hurt. I know about MS, I have had two family members with it, one uncle who eventually died from this horrible disease because when he had it there wasn't good medicine like there is now and now my nephews father and he is doing fine, but is not able to do certain things. Sharon should be grateful to NBC for looking out for her son instead of the hateful things she has been saying. Get a grip Sharon, NBC probably saved Jack from something that could have set him back for years. BE GRATEFUL!!

722 days ago
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