Ozzy Osbourne recently outlined the adverse effects of filming the reality show, “The Osbournes” had on him and his family. He went on to add that the prospect of being around cameras non-stop for the upcoming reality show “Home to Roost” makes him “deeply nervous”.
Ozzy Osbourne opens up on filming the reality show
As the original Black Sabbath frontman, The Prince of Darkness, one of rock’s most recognizable voices (and faces), Ozzy Osbourne was already world-known when the reality show which followed the exploits of his family on a daily basis started airing back in 2002.
However, “The Osbournes” made Ozzy popular with a much broader, mainstream audience, brought his children into the public spotlight, and boosted his wife & manager Sharon’s TV career.Looking back at the mega-popular reality show from today’s perspective, Ozzy notes in a new interview with Sirius XM how all the additional fame came at a high cost (via The Mirror):
“I don’t know how The Kardashians have done it for so long – it sent us crazy at the end.”
Speaking of the effects that “The Osbournes” had on his popularity at the time, Ozzy said:
“I always wanted to know what it would have been like when Beatlemania was around. I had that with ‘The Osbournes’, let me tell you. I remember going into McDonald’s for a pee. When I came out of the bathroom the whole restaurant was outside screaming at me.”
“The Osbournes” concluded in 2005, after Ozzy realized that the toll the show was taking on his family became too high:
“I am not sorry I did it, but after three or four years I said, ‘Do you know what, we’re going to lose somebody because it is getting too crazy’.
“There is rock and roll fame, which is pretty intense, but that Osbourne level was just unbelievable. The kids paid for it. They all ended up doing drugs. Jack got clean and sober on that show, Kelly messed up on that show, I was messed up and Sharon got cancer.”