Sharon Osbourne: NBC doesn't know Jack

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Posted: August 07, 2012

SHARON OSBOURNE told the New York Post that she is quitting as a judge on "America's Got Talent" at the end of this season because she is furious at NBC over firing her son, Jack, from the post-Olympics ridiculosity (yes, we made up a word) "Stars Earn Stripes," because he has multiple sclerosis.

The producers of "Stars Earn Stripes" not only deny that Jack was fired because of his MS, but they also say he was never hired to appear on the show.

In "Stars Earn Stripes," so-called "stars" will team with actual military personnel in military challenges to win money for armed-forces personnel. We can't wait for the bonus round in which Dean Cain parachutes into Pakistan and tracks Taliban fighters for triple points.

And we sure hope Kelly Osbourne doesn't quit "Fashion Police" on NBC-owned E!

Pink lip gloss?

Doylestown's Alecia Moore (better known as Pink) has been named a new face of CoverGirl.

The makeup giant may be forced to change its "beautiful" slogan from "Easy, breezy" to "Sassy, brassy."

He's still standing

Elizabeth II isn't the only British queen making noise during the Olympics.

Elton John went on Australian TV to rip Madonna.

And their feud continues.

"She's such a nightmare," Sir Elton said. "Her career is over. I can tell you that. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger [expletive].

“If Madonna had any common sense, she would have made a record like ‘Ray of Light,' stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and made great pop records, which she does brilliantly. But no, she had to prove that she was like ..." he continued. "And she looks like a [expletive] fairground stripper."

Heightening Sir Elton's distaste for the Material Woman is that she has "been so horrible to [Lady] Gaga," who is the godmother of 19-month-old Zachary, his son with David Furnish.

"She's amazing," he said of Gaga. "Wherever she is in the world she sends texts saying, ‘How is he?' She comes and bathes him and sings to him. She's a good godmother; she really pays attention."

Speaking of Gaga, she tweeted the name of her next album, "ARTPOP" (all caps).

Just a wee bit pretentious.

Speaking of Madonna, she voiced hope Monday that the three feminist Russian rockers of Pussy Riot, on trial for performing a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin, will be released soon.

"Obviously I believe in freedom of speech and I'm against censorship, so I hope that the judge is lenient with them and that they are freed soon," she told the Associated Press during a concert tour of Russia.

TATTBITS

Freshman Hud Mellencamp, son of John Mellencamp, is attempting to walk-on to the Duke football team.

Hud was home-schooled and did not play high-school football, but was an accomplished boxer in Indiana. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back was issued jersey No. 17.

Coach David Cutcliffe calls him "a pretty courageous young man" who is "trying to do something he's never done before."

Federal prosecutors on Monday announced a deal to drop a criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged that its importations of exotic wood violated environmental laws.

Nashville, Tenn.-based Gibson agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, forfeit claims to about $262,000 worth of wood seized by federal agents and contribute $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to promote the conservation of protected tree species.

"The agreement is fair and just in that it assesses serious penalties for Gibson's behavior while allowing Gibson to continue to focus on the business of making guitars," U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in a statement.

A lot of kids trade comic books, but this is taking the concept to a whole new level.

With 20th Century Fox's option on "Daredevil" set to expire in October and the studio eager to launch a reboot, Variety reports that Marvel Studios may let Fox extend its option on "The Man Without Fear" if Fox trades back characters from the Fantastic Four, most notably world-conqueror Galactus and his sometimes aide-de-camp the Silver Surfer.

Look who's back in the non-news.

According to TMZ.com, Levi Johnston is going to seek full custody of Tripp, his son with Bristol Palin, because he believes Bristol is a bad parent.

Levi figured this out by watching Bristol's unwatchable reality TV show, "Life's a Tripp," in which Levi says Bristol lets Tripp run wild, talk back and show no respect for his elders — he's even said the f-word to Aunt Willow.

Poor Bristol. One person is watching her show and it has to be Levi.

— Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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