It’s a falling out between the network and its fiery redheaded matriarch.
Following a spirited disagreement with NBC, Sharon Osbourne has told the network that she wants out as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” The sudden change of heart has to do with NBC’s decision to fire her son Jack from the reality competition series “Stars Earn Stripes” shortly after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
New York Post reports that Sharon’s is citing NBC’s stance as “discrimination.”
“I just can’t be fake … It’s time to move on” she told the Daily Post. “It was badly handled.”
Producers of “Stars Earn Stripes,” a show where celebrities compete in military training exercises, reportedly let Jack go through email just two days before what was supposed to be his first day on the job.
“They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do," she said. "All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years."
Simon Cowell, the producer for “AGT,” has reportedly been trying to calm the seas between Sharon and NBC with no resolve.
Jack was diagnosed with MS in June. Initially, “Stars Earn Stripes” producer, David Hurwitz, denied the firing claims after at a press conference last month.
“He was somebody we were in talks with," Hurwitz said.
Since then, Hurwitz has said that the challenges in the show are “too intense for him."
Jack has reportedly even offered to purchase his own insurance policy to move forward with shooting.
Both Sharon and Jack admit that his contract was never officially signed. The only thing binding the contract was a verbal agreement.
"I was working without a signed contract right up until the live shows started on ‘America’s Got Talent,’" Osbourne added. "Everything is done at the last minute. We took six months to negotiate back and forth."
A rep for NBC told the New York Post, “Sharon has been a valuable part of the NBC family. We regret any misunderstanding and wish Jack well.”