Ozzy Osbourne reveals why he hated making The Osbournes. In 2002, MTV had the highest rated original program in the network's history with the addition of The Osbournes reality TV show. The series lasted until 2005 and it brought Ozzy into a whole new level of fame and fully introduced most of his family to the world. Radio personality Howard Stern had Ozzy and his wife Sharon on his show for years, which revealed a different side to Ozzy, the Prince of Darkness. Sharon was the boss and Ozzy did as he was told. MTV took note and as Stern would tell it, they stole his idea.
However, while The Osbournes was huge, Ozzy Osbourne did not like making the show at all. Looking back, the family had a lot to deal with at that time, ranging from drug addiction, rehab, and cancer treatment. Ozzy thought that the reality show was going to be a walk in the park, but he was wrong. He explains.
"All I can say to you is this: number one, if someone offers you a shitload of dough to be on television, you'd have to be a mug to turn it down. I thought it was gonna be a piece of cake, but you have a camera crew living in your house for three years and see how you feel at the end of it. You feel like a f*cking laboratory rat."
The Osbournes provided a shift in reality TV that was soon copied by nearly every network. KISS front man Gene Simmons attempted his own version on the format, but it did not come close to getting the kind of attention that Ozzy's show did. But, Ozzy and his family paid the price. Ozzy had this to say.
"It got to the point where I was falling apart emotionally because you can't f*cking relax. It doesn't matter where you go for a piss, you're paranoid there's a camera in there. But I'm not ashamed of it and it's a big hit. Would I do it again? It's now Kardashianville. The world's changed, man."
It doesn't help that Ozzy Osbourne was loaded practically the entire time that he was on camera. The iconic Black Sabbath front man admits that he would smoke some marijuana every morning and then drink a ton of beer after filming had stopped. On top of all of that, Ozzy says, "I used to do a lot of prescription drugs as well." Suddenly Ozzy's slurs aren't so humorous anymore when one thinks of him fighting addiction for the umpteenth time.
Ozzy Osbourne is supposed to be embarking on his No More Tours II, but he just announced that he has to postpone the upcoming European leg due to illness. Ozzy was diagnosed with severe upper-respiratory infection and is heartbroken that he has to postpone more dates after already doing so for a staph infection in his thumb. However, he promises that he will be back on the road with Judas Priest to make up the dates in September. Metal Hammer originally conducted the interview with Ozzy Osbourne.