Sharon Osbourne announced she is not returning to the U.K. version of “The X Factor,” weeks after calling child contestants “little s**ts” who “all suck.”
Osbourne, 65, wrote in a statement on Facebook Sunday that she had “decided to pass on the series this year.”
“I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point,” she said.
A controversial interview with Howard Stern last month may have hastened her departure. When the radio host asked her why she didn’t do the audition segments of “The X Factor,” Osbourne responded: “Oh fuck, I don’t have to have those kids singing in my face. Those little s**ts. They all suck. It is like, ‘Hey, is this f**king karaoke or what?’”
She also said “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell was a “pain in the arse” who will do anything to get his “f**king fat face on TV.”
Cowell later said that “words don’t hurt me” and he would “100 percent” work with Osbourne again.
The singing talent show said in a statement to HuffPost UK that the departure was Osbourne’s choice. “The X Factor can confirm Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year’s show. Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future.”
Stateside, Osbourne, a former judge on “America’s Got Talent,” continues to co-host “The Talk.”
HuffPost did not immediately hear back from an Osbourne rep.
Via: Huffington Post