OZZY OSBOURNE Claims ‘The Osbournes’ TV Show ‘Was Not Scripted At All’

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Ozzy Osbourne recently reminisced about “The Osbournes,” a reality television show featuring his family. In a recent episode of SiriusXM‘s “Ozzy Speaks,” Osbourne candidly shared that the show was not scripted at all, contrary to many reality shows today which are often heavily scripted.

The show, which originally began as an extension of MTV Cribs, evolved into a unique program of its own. Even during Sharon Osbourne‘s cancer diagnosis, the family decided to keep the cameras rolling, showcasing their authentic lives. The series, which ran from 2002 to 2005, is now being revived as a podcast.

“That was the most one they wanted to see over, and I went and I said, ‘Why don’t we do an extended Cribs?’” Osbourne told co-host Billy Morrison, admitting it “gets pretty old very quick when you got cameras stuck in every room.”

According to Osbourne, the concept for “The Osbournes” “grew out of” “Cribs” and “then it was an extended ‘Cribs’ for a week at the Osbournes, which turned into a month at the Osbournes, which turned into ‘The Osbournes’, which started this f**king whole thing.”

Osbourne also reflected on the remarkable bravery of his wife, Sharon Osbourne, when she chose to persist with filming even after her diagnosis with cancer.

“And the guy from the crew said, ‘I suppose you want us all to go,’ and I said, ‘Let’s see with Sharon,’ and Sharon says, ‘No. Let him stay.'”

Expressing disappointment over the scripted nature of modern reality shows, Osbourne firmly asserted that “The Osbournes” was not subjected to the same artifice. “That was not scripted at all,” he said.

“The Osbournes” was credited with being the first show where cameras followed celebrities around and led to a number of copycats like A&E‘s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”, which followed the life of KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his family, and A&E‘s “Growing Up Twisted,” about the family of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider.