Sharon Osbourne Heads for Own Talk Show
Sharon Osbourne, already a costar on a hit TV series, is now aiming for the whole enchilada.
Variety reports that the MTV matriarch, whose “The Osbournes” reality sitcom returns for its second season Nov. 26, has closed a deal to host her own syndicated talk show to be produced by Telepictures — which is also developing a talk show with Ellen DeGeneres for next year.
Osbourne, 50, and the production company plan to do a single-issue show that they hope will reach the air in the fall of 2003.
Despite Osbourne’s popularity on her MTV show, Variety calls the move surprising, because the mother and manager made noises to Barbara Walters in an interview that she’s sorry she ever agreed to letting TV cameras into her house and doing the “The Osbournes.”
Then again, a talk show in a studio would not be as intrusive, if at all. Osbourne is currently battling colon cancer, and the effects of the treatment (she is reportedly receiving radiation and chemotherapy) are leaving her highly debilitated.
Also, as the trade publication notes, with the current success of “Dr. Phil,” syndicated talk shows are a hot item.