I WAS STONED EVERY DAY WHILE FILMING THE OSBOURNES, ADMITS OZZY OSBOURNE
May 4, 2009
Rick Fulton of www.dailyrecord.co.uk reports that rock survivor Ozzy Osbourne has admitted he was wasted during all the three years of filming his reality television show.
In The Osbournes, which featured wife Sharon and two of his kids, Jack and Kelly, the former hell-raiser would often be seen running on a treadmill and getting fit.
But he says it was all a charade. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Ozzy, 60, supposedly a recovering alcoholic, would go to a room and get stoned.
Sharon said: “As Ozzy will tell you, the three years that we were filming, Ozzy was stoned the whole time. He wasn’t sober for one day.”
Ozzy revealed: “When the filming ended, I’d go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.
“I’d give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles.”
Ozzy admits he can’t watch the show – because it’s obvious by his body language in front of camera that he didn’t know what time of day it was.
He admitted: “I used to do a lot of prescription drugs as well.”
The show ran from 2002 until 2005 and also saw Ozzy, who is now sober, nearly killed in a quad-bike accident.
Huge riches and fame also had a downside, with kids Kelly, 24, and Jack, 23, both going into rehab.
Sharon, 56, was also battling colon cancer.
But Sharon revealed that the rocker, who famously bit the head off a bat during a gig, was there for her in her time of need.
The former X Factor judge said: “He was unbelievable.
“Ozzy would carry me to and from the bathroom. He would lie in a chair next to me in the bed. We never slept together for 18 months.”
Ozzy said: “My biggest fear was lying next to my wife and she’d passed away.
“That would just be the worst possible thing ever.
“It was just a nightmarish thing – to wake up and my wife’s lying dead next to me.
“I just couldn’t deal with it.”
The interview with Kate Thornton on BBC Radio 2’s Line of Enquiry this afternoon also sees them playing some surprising song selections, including Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon.
But Ozzy’s biggest musical hero is Paul McCartney.
He said: “I was a big Beatle fan and I’ve met Sir Paul a few times. That was one of the highlights of my life. He was a very nice guy.
“He’s my hero. I keep in contact with him even now, but I just send him emails.”
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s Line Of Enquiry is on Radio 2 today at 4pm.