Sharon Osbourne Quits America's Got Talent, Alleges Discrimination Against NBC

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NBC brought Howard Stern on board America's Got Talent this summer.

But who would have guessed it would be fellow judge Sharon Osbourne who would cause the most controversy for the show and the network?

In an exclusive interview with The New York Post, the panelist says she is leaving the series after this season due to the way NBC mishandled her son Jack, his participation on the show Stars Earn Stripes and his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Sharon Osbourne on America's Got Talent

Osbourne alleges that Jack had a deal in place to appear on the the aforementioned program - which pits celebrities against one another in military training exercises - only for producers to fire him two days prior to filming, not long after he went public with his disease.

"It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled," Osbourne tells the newspaper.

Producer David Hurwitz says Jack was never officially hired for Stars Earn Stripes, though Chuck LaBella, NBC's vice president of talent relations, sent him an email on May 18 that reads "we are looking forward to working with you."

Within a few weeks, the MS diagnosis was known and Hurwitz sent a message that said "the rigors of the show [would be] too intense" for Jack and the network could no longer move forward with his participation.

As a result of the dispute, Sharon Osbourne says it's "time to move on" from America's Got Talent. In response, a network spokesperson has issued the following statement:

“Sharon has been a valuable part of the NBC family. We regret any misunderstanding and wish Jack well."

Somewhere, Conan O'Brien and Ann Curry simply can't believe NBC mishandled the situation.

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Dean-klebonas

Okay, heres a RELEVANT comment as opposed to the arguing. I loved Sharon on the show. I do think she has a right to be known, not because of her relationship, but because she was a GREAT judge on the show. She was my favorite judge because while she could be sensitive, she could be very honest and I loved her for that. Also, she's been with the show for such a long time, it won't be the same without her. My favorite judge panal on the show was: Pierce Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel

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To all you mud slingers this page is about sharon not each other

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I agree completely with Lana Feel very badly for Jack, he's just a kid BUT that old hag is only around because she's married to a talent She had absolutely no talent of her own She needs to disappear from the public She did nothing important to deserve the right SHE IS A WICKED LADY WHO WILL TURN ON ANYONE TO KEEP HER PLACE I NEVER LIKED HER

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Whatever reason she wants to leave we'll gladly accept it Shes gotta go So sick of her The way she treated Lea Rememy and the other young lady SHE'S A SNAKE She's so petty and pissy she will be forgotten very quickly
PS LOVE OZZIE BUT HATE HATE HATE HER

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@woofy69 - We are shoveling it right onto your doorstep - enjoy it my dear. Sharon and her family moved here to better themselves.

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Hey Palice. At least "stupied" Americans know how to use spell check.

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Sharon o has a big mouth but thats why she makes her who she is and for lana im british and proud off it and our queen rocks

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For Lana:
Anyway your quite welcome to keep Sharon osbourn, us brits dont wont her.......

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For Lana:
YOU SHOULD WAKE UP AND SMELL WHAT YOUR SHOVELING, (as you think the world revolves arond you.)

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For lana grow up

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