Osbourne says the producers of “Stars Earn Stripes,” a military-themed competition that premieres Aug. 13, reneged on an agreement with Jack Osbourne to be one of the eight celebrity participants, then told a group of reporters a different story.
“It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled,” Sharon Osbourne tells the New York Post. “It’s time to move on.”
Sharon Osbourne says Jack had a verbal agreement (though not a signed contract, she admits) to take part in “Stars Earn Stripes,” in which eight celebs take part in a series of simulated military exercises. Shortly before he was to begin filming, though — and after he disclosed being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — NBC told him the network could not “move forward with Jack’s participation.”
The show’s producers acknowledge having talked with Jack Osbourne about the show but say things never got that far.
“He was somebody with these eight [final participants] and a few others that we were in talks with, but he did not get penciled into the final lineup,” executive producer David A. Hurwitz said in late July at the TV Critics Association press tour. “Prior to us making our decision, it was found out that the rigors of the show were too intense for him.”
The Post says “America’s Got Talent” creator Simon Cowell tried to make peace between Sharon Osbourne and the network, to no avail.