Sharon Osbourne Calls MTV Reality Show a Big ‘Mistake’

by | December 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM | The Talk, TV News

Sharon Osbourne (Photo: Getty Images)

Sharon Osbourne says the reality show that made her family famous was the “biggest mistake” of her life.

Appearing on Britain’s “Graham Norton” talk show last Friday, Osbourne said the show — “The Osbournes,” seen on MTV from 2002 to 2005 — was so demanding that she and husband Ozzy Osbourne were required to spend much too much time away from their then-teen-aged children, Kelly and Jack.

She and Ozzy, she said, “both worked to continue a lifestyle we had become accustomed to and we had to travel so my kids spent quite a time away from us and you can never get that time back,” she said, according to this story.

“It was the biggest mistake I ever did,” she claimed, “but would I have wanted to live a lesser life? You make the most of what you have. … I don’t know how, but Jack and Kelly came out just great,” she is quoted as saying.

Our take: This is certainly a surprising thing for Sharon to say because she must be well-aware that all of the success she has had as a TV personality since “The Osbournes” is due to that show — her short-lived talk show, her stint as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” and her current gig as a co-host on “The Talk” on CBS.

Moreover, her son, Jack was just on “Dancing With the Stars” and daughter Kelly is a co-host on “Fashion Police” — which isn’t too shabby.

Plus, if she and Ozzy had to spend so much time away from their children during the production of “The Osbournes,” how does she explain the fact that the entire show featured them interacting with their children in practically every scene? It doesn’t make sense.

It is disappointing to hear her regrets about “The Osbournes” for another, more personal reason: “The Osbournes” was, and remains, one of our favorite all-time shows. And it turned out to be historic because it ushered in the then-new category of reality TV shows focused on celebrity (or semi-celebrity) families — for better or worse.