Bosses at NBC have responded to the allegations brought forward by Sharon Osbourne that she resigned as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ over a dispute regarding her son Jack’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Osbourne claimed that she felt compelled to step down as a judge on the talent series after Jack was allegedly dropped from the new series ‘Stars Earn Stripes,’ in which celebrities battle it out in military training sessions, after the news of his diagnosis was made public earlier this year.
Execs at NBC are insisting that they supported Jack following his diagnosis, and while he was not asked to compete on the show, they did offer him another job, in which he turned down.
The Hollywood Reporter has released a statement from NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt that reads: “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.”