America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne has quit the show in the midst of a bitter feud with NBC. She claims the network fired her son over his MS diagnosis but NBC denies the charge.
TMZ says Osbourne claims her son Jack was fired from another reality show "Stars Earn Stripes" after the disclosure that he has Multiple Sclerosis. But NBC has fired back saying that wasn't the reason Jack was dropped from the show. It says he wasn't asked to be a contestant after vigorous medical testing for the show that has celebrities taking part in military-style physical challenges.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt issued a statement saying, "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." "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."
The New York Post says Jack had appeared on his mother's daytime show, The Talk, in June, claiming he was fired from the military-style competition because of his newly disclosed condition. But a few weeks later Producer David Hurwitz insisted Jack was never hired to begin with, that the show was "in talks" with him about his appearance on the program. Jack Osbourne says he thought they had a deal when he received an email in May from Chuck LaBella, NBC's VP of Talent Relations, saying, "We are looking forward to working with you." "I am happy you are going to be in the NBC family." A month later Osbourne went public with his MS diagnosis, as reported by Digital Journal. And then two days before the show was to start shooting Sharon says she got an email from NBC saying, "Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation."
The New York Post claims America's Got Talent producer Simon Cowell stepped in to try to broker a peace deal between NBC and the Osbourne matriarch, but she wasn't willing to budge. Osbourne says, "It’s time to move on."