Former “X Factor” judge Sharon Osbourne has announced that she, her husband Ozzy and their kids Jack and Kelly are going to reboot their reality show “The Osbournes” in episodes that will begin airing in 2015. The original “Osbournes” series was on MTV from 2002 to 2005 and won an Emmy Award for its first season. There is no word yet on which network will have the reboot of “The Osbournes,” but a spokesperson for MTV told Us Weekly that the rebooted show will not be on MTV. Aimee Osbourne, who is Ozzy and Sharon’s eldest child together, will not be part of “The Osbournes” reboot; she also declined to participate in the original “Osbournes” show.
On Nov. 11, 2014, Sharon (who has been co-hosting “The Talk” since its 2010 debut) explained on “The Talk” why “The Osbournes” show is coming back to television: “It’s not as much coming back as a proper series, [but] as an update,” the redheaded matriarch revealed. “At most there’ll be only six to eight episodes and it’s a catch-up on our lives and where we are now because it’s been so long [since we’ve] been seen as a family and our family has grown. We have a granddaughter and a gorgeous daughter-in-law [now] … “It was all my husband’s doing because he looked back on his life and he said, ‘I wish we could have done “The Osbournes” now where I’m clean and sober.'”
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have been married since 1982, and she has been his manager since 1979. The couple’s volatile and passionate relationship has been well-documented, including in tell-all memoirs written by Sharon and Ozzy. Their marriage hit another rough patch in 2013, when it was revealed that Ozzy (who is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict) and Sharon had separated. Ozzy also publicly admitted and apologized for relapsing from late 2011 to early 2013. After a few months of separation, the couple was back together by June 2013. During the separation, Sharon and Ozzy both publicly stated that they were not getting divorced.
“The Osbournes” catapulted Sharon, Jack and Kelly to new levels of fame, which gave them new career opportunities that they hadn’t had prior to the reality show. Sharon was one of the original judges on “The X Factor” U.K. when the show launched in 2004. She quit the show in 2007 after a much-publicized feud with Dannii Minogue, who had joined the show’s judging panel that year. (Minogue’s last year on “The X Factor” U.K. was in 2010.)
In 2013, Sharon returned to “The X Factor” U.K. judging panel, and mentored that year’s winning contestant, Sam Bailey. Sharon told the media that she only wanted to return to “The X Factor” as a judge for that one year, because she didn’t want to keep commuting to and from the U.S. and U.K., since she continues to co-host “The Talk.” Sharon was also a judge on “America’s Got Talent” from 2007 to 2012.