Sharon Osbourne has announced that even though she is returning to ITV’s “The X Factor” U.K. as a judge in 2013, she is not quitting the CBS daytime chat show “The Talk”, which is a Los Angeles-based weekday show. Osbourne says she plans to commute back and forth between the U.K. and the U.S. so she can work on both shows.
It will be a brutal work schedule. Auditions and boot camp for “The X Factor” U.K. take place in June and July, when Osbourne will be required to be in the U.K. for filming of those episodes during part of those months. In August, she has to film her segments of “X Factor” judges’ houses episodes, which may or may not take place in the United Kingdom. Pre-recorded episodes for “The X Factor” U.K. begin airing from late August to early October, so Osbourne can be in Los Angeles during those weeks. But then “The X Factor” U.K.’s live episodes are from October to mid-December on Saturdays and Sundays, which would require her to be in London on those days.
Under this hectic schedule, Osbourne would probably have to miss out doing “The Talk” on Mondays and Fridays during the weeks that she has to be in London for “The X Factor” U.K.’s live episodes.
Osbourne has been co-hosting “The Talk” since the show’s 2010 debut. She was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2007. In May 2013, it was officially announced that Osbourne replaced Tulisa Contostavlos on “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel. Long before it was officially announced, British tabloids had been reporting for months that the show would make this change. The other “X Factor” U.K. judges in 2013 are Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
Osbourne was a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” from 2007 to 2012. Former “X Factor” Australia judge Melanie Brown (also known as Mel B, also known as Scary Spice from the Spice Girls) replaced Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent.”
In “The Talk” episode that aired on May 22, 2013, Osbourne Osbourne hinted that her return to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel is being planned to last just one season for now, but she declared that no one should think about replacing her on “The Talk” just because she’s gone back to being an “X Factor” U.K. judge: “It’s kind of like a high school [reunion]. That’s what it’s like. I go back, I see it’s still the same fabulous crew after ten years. It’s just like I am revisiting ten years ago for one season …
“[There is] one thing I want to make clear: None of those ladies out there that want to be host on this show pick up the phone, because this seat is not vacant. All those agents that are going to ring CBS and say, ‘Oh I’ve got a gorgeous lady for this seat.’ Don’t bother! It’s taken. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. My husband is sober, I have the best children, and I have the best jobs in the entire world and I kind of think my life is too good right now.”
Sharon’s husband, Ozzy Osbourne (a recovering drug addict and alcoholic), made headlines in April 2013 when he announced that he had relapsed from late 2011 to early 2013. He made the announcement in response to tabloid rumors that he and Sharon were living apart and getting divorced. Sharon and Ozzy both denied the divorce rumors, and they have since moved back in together.
Sharon has been Ozzy’s manager since 1979, and she’s been married to him since 1982. They have three kids together: Aimee, Kelly and Jack. Ozzy has three other kids (Elliott, Jessica and Louis) from his marriage to his first wife, Thelma.
June 5, 2013 update: The Sun reported that ITV is spending £13,000 a trip to fly Sharon back and forth for “The X Factor.” Because she will be in the U.S. a lot for her job at “The Talk,” Osbourne will be frequently mentoring her “X Factor” contestants by Skype instead of in person, according to The Sun.