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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Yup, like everyone here, can't stand osbourne family, so she can quit all she likes

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@palice - are you British? How much of your measly salary do you get taxed to pay your old queen $69 million a year??? Ha ha – fools worshiping an ancient class system – ha ha

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Oh please..., Ozzy is the only reason why anyone in that freaky Osbourne family is even noticed, and he seems to be brain-fried. What talent does any of the other Osbournes have…, none. Too bad for Jack but Sharon is just a big mouth who’s married to talent.

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Well i dont like her so you stupied americans can keep her

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I've always wondered why all these stupid Brits are in shows like "America" got talent. Go back across the pond I can't stand her or her red hair. Or anything Osbourne related. Tootles.....

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I feel bad for Jack since it does seem like NBC mishandled the situation, but I can't stand Sharon as a judge and this is the best news I've heard all day!

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good! bring Howie along! You`re both useless AGT judges