Sharon Osbourne and her youngest child, Jack Osbourne, received awards at the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS “Love to Erase MS” gala, in recognition of their charity and awareness work to fight multiple sclerosis. The star-studded event was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles on May 3, 2013.
Jack Osbourne, 27, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012. That same year, Sharon Osbourne quit NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” because she said that after Jack went public with having multiple sclerosis, NBC reneged on a verbal agreement to cast Jack in the reality show “Stars Earn Stripes.” Sharon claimed that NBC discriminated against Jack because the network did not want to deal with insurance issues that would be required for Jack to be on the show. NBC denied the accusation and said that there was never an agreement for Jack to be on “Stars Earn Stripes.”
Sharon Osbourne, 60, was a judge on “America’s Got Talent” from 2007 to 2012. Several British tabloids (including The Sun and The Daily Mirror) have been reporting for months that Sharon Osbourne is going to replace Tulisa Contostavlos as a judge on “The X Factor” U.K.
Representatives for “The X Factor” U.K. aren’t commenting yet on these reports, but the official announcement should be made sometime in May 2013.
In 2012, the four “X Factor” U.K. judges were Contostavlos, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh.
It hasn’t been officially announced yet who the four judges will be on ITV’s “The X Factor” U.K. in 2013, but “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell did confirm in an April 2013 interview Radio Times that Contostavlos has been fired and her replacement has been chosen. Cowell declined to say in the interview who the replacement is.
Sharon Osbourne is also expected to announce in May 2013 that she is quitting the weekday CBS chat show “The Talk” (which is based in Los Angeles), in order to be on “The X Factor” U.K., which is based in London. Sharon Osbourne has been one of the original co-hosts of “The Talk” since its 2010 debut. She was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. from 2004 to 2007.
Sharon’s “X Factor” salary in 2013 is reportedly going to be £2 million (or $3 million in U.S. dollars), which would make her the highest-paid judge on the panel in 2013. Cowell, who was a judge on the show from 2004 to 2010, is the only one to have had a higher “X Factor” salary since he is an executive producer/co-owner of the show.
Meanwhile, at the 20th Annual Race To Erase MS Love to Erase MS” gala (which as hosted by Nancy Davis), Sharon Osbourne was seen mingling with several stars, including Elton John (who performed at the event), Rod Stewart, Melanie Brown (also known as Mel B, who replaced Sharon Osbourne on “America’s Got Talent”), Neil Patrick Harris and Tommy Hilfiger.
Sharon’s daughter Kelly Osbourne, 28, was also at the event, as well as Jack Osbourne’s wife, Lisa Stelly. Taio Cruz performed at the gala.
Sharon’s husband, Ozzy Osbourne, was not at the event because he was in Australia while on Black Sabbath’s world tour. The spouses’ marital problems have been in the news after several media outlets reported in April 2013 that Sharon and Ozzy are living apart and haven’t been wearing their wedding rings.
The news coverage prompted Ozzy (who is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict) to confess on Facebook that he had a relapse from late 2011 to early 2013, but he insisted that he and Sharon aren’t getting divorced. He also made a public apology for how he behaved during his relapse. Sharon then confirmed on “The Talk” that she and Ozzy aren’t divorcing but she admitted that she is “devastated” by Ozzy’s relapse, which she said was one of the main causes of their marital problems.
Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly have all spent time in rehab for addiction issues at various points in their lives. They all starred in the Emmy-winning MTV reality show “The Osbournes” from 2002 to 2005. Sharon and Ozzy’s eldest child, Aimee, was not a part of the show, and she has chosen to stay out of the celebrity spotlight.