By Stephen M. Silverman
April 15, 2002 01:50 AM

TV’s latest — and unlikeliest — star, heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, accepted his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of fame on Friday with great humility, reports the Associated Press. Sporting a black suit, a large gold crucifix and blue sunglasses (and his brown hair highlighted with red streaks in the bright California sun), the British-born Osbourne, 53, told the crowd of nearly 1,000 fans, “To say that this is an honor is not enough. This is just so overwhelming, with all of you turning out so early in the morning to see my old butt.” The attendance of so many people, many of whom with multiple facial piercings and even Osbourne’s name scrawled across their foreheads, can possibly be credited to the enormous popularity of Osbourne’s much-talked-about MTV show, “The Osbournes,” which airs Tuesday nights. It is a surrealistic yet reality-based domestic look at him and his family: wife (and manager) Sharon, 50, and two of their children, pink-haired Kelly, 17, and peroxided Jack, 16. (Eldest daughter Aimee, 19, opted for anonymity.) The family was in attendance at the ceremony. Symbolically perhaps, Osbourne’s star is located directly in front of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum of oddities. Its unveiling was introduced by shock rocker Marilyn Manson, 33, who said, “This star right here proves that it’s quite obvious that Ozzy has managed to succeed while remaining insane and strangely happy despite his various crimes against God and nature.”

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