Sharon Osbourne used “The Talk” yesterday to air old grievances with guest Gene Simmons, taking the Kiss frontman to task for things he said years ago about her family and for stepping out on his longtime girlfriend.
With only a very uncomfortable Wayne Brady, the guest host, as moral support, Simmons calmly removed his sunglasses when Osbourne asked and then listened to her years-old gripe.
When he first began “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” someone asked him if it was like ‘The Osbournes’, she recounted, and Simmons said “No, because my kids aren’t on drugs.”
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Osbourne also cited an old item in the Kiss magazine that suggested there should have been a disclaimer before her family’s show “to say you shouldn’t drink or otherwise you’ll end up like Ozzy Osbourne. And you said he was sad. I don’t think my husband’s sad, he knew what he was doing, it was his choice and I don’t think my husband’s sad,” she said.
Simmons responded by saying it was understandable that Osbourne would defend her family.
“The God’s honest truth, I don’t remember saying those things. If I did, I was way out of line. Your family is your business and nobody has a right to say anything about it,” Simmons said.
Then it was time to talk about the rocky state of Simmons 28-year relationship with Shannon Tweed, the mother of his two children. The couple has been making the TV rounds lately airing the issues of his infidelity to uncomfortable hosts, including Kathie Lee Gifford on “Today” and Joy Behar on her HLN show.
As soon as Tweed came up, Simmons muttered, “I’m going to get killed.”
He defended himself by saying that the problem was the rock star lifestyle. “The problem is you’re surrounded by beautiful women and it’s been 28 years….”
But, Simmons said, he wants to work things out. “There’s no chance of me ever running out on my kids or Shannon. I will do everything I can to make sure I finally grow up and be a man.” (At this point, Wayne Brady piped up and applauded him for wanting to make the effort – in case you were wondering what Wayne Brady thought about the state of the Simmons-Tweed relationship.)
Simmons said he was constantly surrounded by temptation. “You can be an ugly SOB like me and women will still throw themselves at you,” he said.
But that’s no excuse, he said. “The bottom line is if you love somebody, you have to draw a line in the sand; I can’t cross this line. I’m 62 now, it’s probably time to grow up,” Simmons said.