Sharon Osbourne claims Simon Cowell axed her from ‘X Factor’ due to her age
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Osbourne, 66, made the claim Thursday on “The Talk,” where she serves as a co-host. She told her fellow hosts Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Sara Gilbert and Carrie Ann Inaba that she was asked to be a judge on “The Masked Singer.” However, she revealed that she turned the gig down because she was going to be on "The X Factor."
“I was signed on to do another show at the time," Osbourne explained about her missed "Masked Singer" opportunity. “I was signed to go to England, and then Simon Cowell changed his mind and thought I was too old.”
"I was under contract ... I said, ‘I can’t. I have to go to England to do this,’ and then Simon Cowell goes, ‘She’s old. We need somebody young,’" she recounted.
“So, if you want young, then fire yourself,” Osbourne said of Cowell.
Last year, Osbourne announced she was not returning to “The X Factor UK” saying she didn’t “think she’s needed,” Deadline reported. The news came after she did an interview with Howard Stern in which she called the contestants “little s---s” and said the reality show was “f---ing karaoke.”
Osbourne appeared on “The X Factor” in 2004 before leaving in 2008 and then returning in 2013. She signed a three-year deal with the show in 2016.