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Sharon Osbourne's 'America's Got Talent' drama leads to NBC comment

"America's Got Talent? judge Sharon Osbourne says she

"America's Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne says she has quit the NBC reality competition show. (Credit: Getty Images)

NBC's silly little rumpus with Sharon Osbourne has finally yielded a statement, a long one, with the network saying it didn't dump her son Jack from the new reality show “Stars Earn Stripes” after learning he had MS. (Or something like that.)

For her part, Osbourne told the Post yesterday she was leaving “America's Got Talent” because NBC had dumped her son. And so it goes.

My prediction: She'll be back on “AGT” if she wants to work in this town again. She's got a CONTRACT. Those are usually UNBREAKABLE except in extenuating circumstances -- namely, the network wants to break it. And where is it written that a network can or cannot hire or fire a reality show contestant based on a pre-existing medical condition? Is there some hidden clause in Obamacare that no one  — not even President Obama -- knew about?

NBC's carefully worded statement sounds like political correctness gone mad. Why not just write, “He has a serious medical condition and we didn't want him on the show..."

Instead, this: 

“First, we have the deepest affection for Sharon Osbourne and consider her to be part of the NBC family. And our hearts go out to her, Ozzy, Jack and his family at this time. 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.”

Tags: sharon osbourne , america's got talent , jack osbourne , stars earn stripes

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