Sharon Osbourne quitting ‘America’s Got Talent’ over NBC casting fiasco

Weeks after the rumors first started to surface regarding her future on “America’s Got Talent,” Sharon Osbourne now says that she is done with the NBC show — and it’s not for a reason that has anything to do with her busy schedule, fellow judge Howard Stern, or the show moving to New York.

Rather, Sharon tells the New York Post that she is incensed at NBC over their decision to not cast her son Jack as a part of her new series “Stars Earn Stripes” — and is claiming that it was due to him revealing publicly that he is suffering from multiple sclerosis:

“I just can’t be fake … It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”

Osbourne also claims that NBC “fired” Osbourne from the show two days before they were set to start shooting the new military-themed reality competition,  and that, despite being under contract for the show moving forward, she still does not have any plans to appear:

“They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do … All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.”

It is unclear as to whether or not Osbourne will continue to judge the show for the remainder of this season, but that was suggested to be so in some earlier reports — however, this may change now that all of these accusations are now out in the open. Without Osbourne, “America’s Got Talent” loses the woman who has been a part of the series since season 2, and executive producer Simon Cowell also loses someone who is a close friend from their days of doing “The X Factor” together.

NBC has responded to Sharon’s claims, saying that they had decided to merely move in a different direction with the show’s casting and that Osbourne’s anger is a result of a “misunderstanding.” Jack never signed a contract to appear on the show, but the parties were apparently in close negotiations.

Do you think Sharon is doing an admirable thing in standing up for her son? To check out some more news pertaining to this story, be sure and follow the link here. “America’s Got Talent” returns to NBC next week with the continuation of the live shows.

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