Ozzy Osbourne Is Sick Of Reality TV


March 2, 2008

Prince of Darkness turned King of Reality TV Ozzy Osbourne has slated the medium that made him a household name.

Speaking exclusively with Sunday News from his Los Angeles mansion, Ozzy the star of the hit show The Osbournes said he’d grown to hate reality TV.

“I’m sick and tired of it,” Ozzy said.

“I don’t like being on the TV we learned that the hard way with having cameras on us 24 hours a day from The Osbournes Show.

“It seems that every time I turn on the TV they’ve got another bunch of celebrities with cameras in their faces following them around for a new show and I can’t stand it.

“The only good reality show I can think of now is taking a whole bunch of kids, a wild animal and a bucket of dogshit,” he laughs. “That’s what I think of the whole thing.”

But despite his growing disgust with the star-struck brand of reality TV he pioneered with his wife Sharon and kids Jack and Kelly, Ozzy has again found himself in front of the cameras.

Jack Osbourne has been following his heavy metal father around for a documentary on the legendary rocker.

“I knew nothing about it and I turned around one day and he had a camera on me, so I thought, so be it,” Ozzy said.

“My son’s like me in that way. He’d rather be behind the camera than in front of it.”

Ozzy is due in New Zealand in three weeks to headline the two-day Rock2Wgtn concert at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The former Black Sabbath frontman turned solo artist is a drawcard among an impressive lineup of artists including Kiss, Alice Cooper and Poison in a concert that has upset church groups.

Wellington pentecostal church Lifepoint is lobbying other churches to protest the mammoth concert but Ozzy was unfazed by the fuss.

“I think I’m a bit old to still be called The Prince of Darkness. I mean I’m turning 60 shortly,” he said.

“I’m sick and tired of all of that. I’m closer to being in the dark in a box under the ground now than being the Prince of Darkness. But if it makes them happy then so be it.

“I just do my show and go home. I’m not too worried about it.”

But while age may be catching up with the legendary rocker, Ozzy plans to give his fans plenty to scream about.

“I’m definitely coming and the crazier you go the crazier we’ll go but don’t be insane. Let’s have a safe time.

“And if you drink, don’t drive I’m a big believer in that. Some of the things that I’ve done over the years have been stupid and drink-driving is one of them. It’s not worth it.”

But Ozzy, 59, revealed it would not be all rock’n’roll in New Zealand. The singer will look for some time away from the limelight while he’s here.

“When I get to New Zealand I will be looking to get over my jet lag and then I’m going to go out and see your beautiful countryside,” he said.

“Normally I just do the show and stay in my hotel room but I’m looking forward to having a look at your country and travelling through it.

“I went to see the Lord of Rings and it’s an amazing backdrop.”

He would not reveal what parts of New Zealand he hoped to see but he hinted he may spend some time in Queenstown.

“I heard from someone New Zealanders invented bungy jumping,” Ozzy said before quickly pointing out he would not take the plunge. “That sounds more like something my son would be into.”

Courtesy of www.stuff.co.nz