Sharon Osbourne has decided to bow out from her judging position on NBC’s America’s Got Talent after this season.
Osbourne made the announcement on last night’s program when trying to console a dance group by saying, “Don’t be sad, because it’s my last show, too. So we’re leaving together!”
Deadline Hollywood reports NBC is already in the process of finding a replacement. Howard Stern stayed mum on the subject. He doesn’t have a contract beyond this season but the network is clear they’d like him to return.
Prior to making this official announcement, earlier reports stated Osbourne accused NBC of backing out of a deal with her son Jack, to appear on their new reality series Stars Earn Stripes, after he disclosed he was diagnosed with MS.
NBC released a statement saying they were never in agreement.
The elder Osbourne told the New York Post, “I just can’t be fake. It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”
NBC insiders say Osbourne has three more years on her contract and its up to NBC if they’d like to exercise their option or enforce a non-compete clause.
Osbourne hints at the future when telling the Post, “They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do. All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.”
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