Jack Osbourne Bashes NBC for Firing Him Because of MS Diagnosis

Entertainment Aug. 8, 2012 AT 9:45AM
 Jack Osbourne attends the 2nd annual "Knock Out Addiction" celebrity boxing fundraiser at Peterson Automotive Museum on September 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Jack Osbourne attends the 2nd annual "Knock Out Addiction" celebrity boxing fundraiser at Peterson Automotive Museum on September 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Jack Osbourne is fighting mad.

Days after his mother, Sharon Osbourne, quit America's Got Talent in protest of her son's axed appearance on NBC's upcoming series Stars Earn Stripes, the reality star is lashing out at the network arguing that he was indeed fired from the show following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

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"NBC said they didn't fire me over my diagnosis? Bull-F--k----S--t," Jack, 26, tweeted, linking to a TMZ report that included a statement from NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt to the contrary. "I took part in a 16 hour challenge over 30 miles with a 40 pound ruck [sack] on my back in January. I had MS then," says Jack, who was set to compete on the NBC series that features celebrities competing in military-style challenges. "Don't tell me [what] physically demanding is."

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Speaking to the New York Post, Stars Earn Stripes producer David Hurwitz reasoned that Jack's appearance on the show was being considered, but no contract had been signed. "He was somebody we were in talks with," Hurwitz said, though Sharon, 59, was able to furnish emails with Hurwitz suggesting a verbal agreement that was quickly reneged after Jack went public with his MS diagnosis in June.

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"Sharon has been a valuable part of the NBC family. We regret any misunderstanding and wish Jack well," an NBC rep told the Post Sunday of the AGT judge, who remains under contract with the network.

Stars Earn Stripes, featuring celebs including Drew Lachey and Dean Cain, premieres August 13.

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