Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned.
NBC execs were extremely confused last month when America’s Got Talent judgequit without warning. But word was released today that it all had to do with son Jack‘s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and the fact that it caused the network to dismiss him from an upcoming series.
EW breaks it all down:
According to the [New York] Post‘s Sean Daly, Jack was in talks to participate in Stars Earn Stripes, an upcoming NBC reality show in which celebrities compete in events inspired by military exercises. Daly writes that the network cut ties with Jack after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two months ago. (Jack made the same claim during a June appearance on The Talk, his mother’s daytime series.) The network’s move infuriated Osbourne, driving her to leave the talent competition she has judged for six seasons.
More after the jump.
Sharon said that she felt she couldn’t be “fake” about the entire situation, calling it “discrimination” that was “badly handled”.
However, Stars Earn Stripes producer David Hurwitz said that Jack was never fully set to be a part of the show and that the option to bring him on was simply talked about, saying that the “rigors of the show were too intense for him”.
NBC released a statement as well, apologizing for any offense Sharon had taken, as well as wishing her and her family the best. However, it seems like even with Jack’s condition, they tried to rectify the situation.
“Although we did not ask Jack to participate in the competition, we were able to offer him two substantial alternative roles on the show”, admitted NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, “both of which he declined. This network does not discriminate on any basis.”