A talk-show appearance for Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne to promote the third season of their reality-television series “The Osbournes” turned into an unexpected confessional Friday night, as the couple admitted they had checked daughter Kelly Osbourne into a drug-rehab facility earlier in the day.
Sharon Osbourne, who already had been scheduled to appear with Ozzy on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to discuss their show, said an English newspaper had contacted her, requesting a statement about a photograph that apparently showed Kelly purchasing drugs. The couple then confronted their daughter, who eventually admitted to using painkillers.
“The amount of pills I found in her bag was astounding,” Ozzy said.
The couple’s son, Jack Osbourne, then took Kelly to Promises Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Addiction Center in Malibu, Calif., Reuters reports. Jack had undergone treatment for substance abuse last year.
The entire episode reportedly played out in the hours leading up to “Larry King.” “Literally, a couple hours ago, she was admitted to rehab,” Sharon said on the show.
The Osbournes have held very little back on their reality series, as the family has undergone seemingly one crisis after another since the show debuted in 2002. During the course of the series, Sharon has waged a public battle with colon cancer, while Ozzy, a recovering addict and alcoholic, relapsed. He was also involved in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle that nearly killed him and left him in a coma for eight days.
Sharon said that the incident with Kelly had left her angry and upset, and that she was beginning to wonder if the family is cursed.
In other Osbourne news, the Associated Press reports that Ozzy filed a complaint with the California state medical board against a Beverly Hills doctor that Osbourne claims is responsible for overmedicating him. Osbourne filed the suit against Dr. David Kipper who the rocker says was hired to help him kick a prescription-drug habit. Instead, the doctor allegedly prescribed excessive quantities of other medications, which led to Osbourne’s occasionally disoriented behavior on the family’s reality series.
The third season of “The Osbournes” begins Tuesday.