NBC has responded to Sharon Osbourne’s accusation that it discriminated against her son Jack.
The America’s Got Talent judge announced her resignation from that program this week, saying she simply couldn’t work any longer for a network that fired Jack from Stars Earn Stripes because he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
But NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt fired back today, explaining the stance of his network in more detail and admitting medical concerns did play a factor is choosing NOT to have Jack compete against other celebrities in military training exercises.
“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.
“Our hearts go out to her, Ozzy, Jack and his family at this time.”