Sharon Osbourne leaves X Factor UK after saying kid contestants suck

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After sharing far too much information about her love life with hubby Ozzy last week, Sharon Osbourne has some sad news, well, only if you’re a fan of her on The X Factor UK.

The 65-year-old personality was a judge on the show from 2004 to 2007. She then went over to America’s Got Talent for six seasons, from 2007 to 2012. Sharon went back across the pond to X Factor in 2013, and was also on the show from 2016 to 2017. Well, when it comes to dashing the dreams of aspiring singers for another season, Sharon is officially out. On Sunday, she shared a statement on her Facebook page that read,

“After watching the new season #XFactor unfold, I’ve seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly. Simon was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows but at this point I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point. So I have decided to pass on the series this year.

I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season.

Loves ya, Mrs. O.”

As reported by Deadline, a representative for the show confirmed Sharon’s departure, adding that “Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future.”

One of the reasons behind Sharon’s departure could be the disparaging remarks she recently made on former fellow AGT judge Howard Stern’s radio show. On September 4th, after talking about Ozzy’s stint in rehab, the discussion turned to X Factor. Here’s how that went:

“I’ve been doing that on-and-off for 15 years,” she told Stern about X Factor.

After Stern said “I heard … you don’t have to be there when those kids audition, all you do is come in for the live shows,” Osbourne went on to criticize the underage contestants who try out for the show.

“Oh f—, I don’t have to have those kids singing in my face,” she said. “They all suck,” she continued. “It’s like, is this f—ing karaoke or what?”

Stern chimed in, “And why can’t you say that? They don’t let you.”

The Talk co-host was quick to point out that her contract is ending — and she isn’t holding back on her opinions about contestants.

“Well, the thing is, it’s the end of my contract. Now it’s like no holds barred. It’s like, get the f— off the stage. You’re s—. Get the f— out,” she told Stern.

[From The Howard Stern Show via People]

British tabloids also reported that in addition to slamming the auditioners, Sharon also called Simon a “f—ing pain in the ass” and dissed new judge Ayda Fields (who is married to another X Factor judge, the dashing Robbie Williams), saying, “I don’t know [what she knows]. She was in a soap opera here years ago.”

Sounds like a whole lot of burnout to me. She’s been on the judges’ panel for a long time, and she really could use a break. Maybe I can talk her into the idea I’ve had for years about making a kids-only spin-off of America’s Got Talent. Chill out, enjoy a mental margarita and let’s talk, Sharon. Until then, let’s look back on her finest X Factor moments.

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The X Factor: Final

The X Factor: Final

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  1. huh says:

    bye bitch

  2. deezee says:

    This season is fine without here. Ayda Fields is alright as a judge so far.
    I know Sharon is spinning it like it was her decision to leave, but I think she made those remarks in hopes of being let go out of her contract. I think she was done and looking to get fired.

  3. Alix says:

    What the hell would she know about talent, anyway?

    • Wasabi says:

      Enough to snatch Ozzy Osbourne from her asshole dad and become his Manager.

    • Cine Johnson says:

      ….and Howard Stern. How is he qualified ? Doesn’t matter – he’s famous for being outrageous and that’s all they want.

    • Raina says:

      She’s a mean bitch and I really wanted to like her once upon a time.
      Remember she had her own talk show for 7 seconds and her shtick fell flat.
      She has no discernible talent other than being a translator for her husband.
      She says she left, i say she was fired.
      Potato, potaoe lol…or, in the wise words of Ozzy.”Dhtdijvbkyrdjch.”

  4. Square_Bologna says:

    Is Ozzy fully retired from music now? If so, can the rest of this family just go away? They’ve had their 15 minutes and then some.

  5. Anitas says:

    So fake and so unkind.

  6. Clare says:

    She’s not wrong about Ayda Field. I mean, as far as I know she has no links to the music business, other than being married to a singer.

    It’s a weird choice, but I think the X factor is pretty much done and no one really wants to be a judge on it anymore.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Isn’t that Sharon’s only claim to fame as well? I’m not being sarcastic, just curious.

      • Clare says:

        I think she’s managed a bunch of musicians actually – Ozzy obviously, but also the smashing pumpkins and Motörhead etc. She also launched Ozzfest.

        I mean, I’m not a Sharon fan, but as far as experience in the music biz goes, she’s light years ahead of Ayda Field.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Sharon is the daughter of a famous music manager, Don Arden, who was the original manager of Black Sabbath. She took over managing Ozzie in 1979 (after the band sacked him) and helped him launch his successful solo career. She also founded Ozzfest and has managed Lita Ford and The Smashing Pumpkins among others.

    • Lex says:

      Does Sharon have a stronger link to the biz than Ayda?

  7. skipper says:

    It seems like she wanted to quit or get fired. She was totally asking for it.

  8. Zeddy says:

    The kids are pretty blah to watch to be fair.

  9. Lala11_7 says:

    When it comes to the music business…Sharon is…LEGENDARY!!!! Truly!!! The things she learned and how she was able to work in a landscape where sexual harassment and misogyny was the order of the day…AND THAT WAS FROM HER OWN FATHER…is ASTOUNDING!!!! I learned SO MUCH regarding the inner logistics of the business that is music, reading about her and Angie Bowie…SO VERY MUCH!

    That being said…she can UNIMAGINABLY…cruel…for no reason at all…so yea…it’s time to put Baby in the corner….

  10. meh says:

    I mean, I hate the kid auditions on these shows as well. Even if they’re terrible, everyone falls over themselves to tell them how good they did. And they’re usually terrible.

  11. Mrs. Peel says:

    She’s not wrong. Unless it’s your own kid, no one is interested in seeing your special snowflake perform.