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Nearly a week ago Sharon Osbourne blasted NBC, saying they discriminated against her son Jack for having multiple sclerosis.
In turn, Osbourne made a bold move and opted to quit her job as host on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. According to Osbourne, NBC execs informed her son via e-mail that they would not have him as host of the upcoming program Stars Earn Stripes, in which celebs battle other celebs in military-style competitions. The e-mail read, “Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation.”
Since the public declaration, NBC has since filed a statement regarding the incident on August 7, TMZ reports. Bob Greenblatt, NBC chairman, released a statement explaining, “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."
Greenblatt continues, "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."
The network insists that they never had intentions of making Jack a host, but he could potentially be a contestant. However, Jack isn’t too worried as he tells TMZ Sunday, “People make decisions, I'll just have to live it. That's all one can really say ... The bright side is the show is probably gonna suck anyway."