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November 30th, 2012
04:09 PM ET

Sharon Osbourne on Howard Stern: "He is a big old softie"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" rolls out the red carpet for one of the most-recognizable females on television, the always-entertaining Sharon Osbourne.

Joining Piers Morgan for an exclusive interview, Friday's face to face serves as a reunion for the two Brits, as Osbourne and Morgan worked together for five years as judges on the NBC television program "America's Got Talent."

Having chosen to focus exclusively on his CNN program "Piers Morgan Tonight," the host left the hit reality series in 2011, leaving Osbourne to welcome his replacement, Howard Stern.

An enormously successful radio host, Stern's presence was the driving force in AGT's permanent relocation to the East Coast, a move that left Osbourne admittedly befuddled:

"I did not see the point of moving of New York," said the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. "I don't think the viewer at home that watches that show goes, they really don't care whether it's filmed in Philadelphia or Los Angeles or New York. What does it matter to them, they're at home watching the TV?"

Though disappointed by the program's logistical decisions, she was thrilled with Stern becoming Morgan's de facto replacement:

"I adore him," she tells Morgan. "I thought he handled himself really well, because we know him as the Howard Stern off radio, and he is a big old softie. He's a big old softie ... He's fabulous. I don't know. I don't know whether we all did have that chemistry that was broken, and so the show went."

The mother of two decided to leave the series after a falling out with NBC centered around her son Jack Osbourne, and a rescinded contract to appear on "Stars Earn Stripes."

"Two days before he was due to start, they called and said it was too much of a responsibility, Jack was too much, so no," Osbourne describes. "But the thing was, I can understand what they were saying. It was the way that they did it. It was just the way that they did it. And then they offered him, what do you want? His money, we'll pay you. No, he doesn't want money. He wants his dignity, he wants his pride."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening as Osbourne opens up about her own health, and her decision to get a double mastectomy.
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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. woodin59

    I guess she hasn't heard about the Debella episode in Philly in 1992. Howard is a real prince....charming of course!

    November 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Name*sydnee

    Watching Piers and Sharon daughter was diagnosed w MS also at 26. Best to Sharon, Jack and family...we need to find a cure for this mysterious illness/disease!!

    December 1, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. lazlo

    Sharon is a Mother to three. Her daughter Amy "chooses" to stay out of the lime lite.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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