Sharon Osbourne Missed Out On ‘The Masked Singer’ And Blames Simon Cowell

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Once again, former X Factor UK judge Sharon Osbourne is speaking her mind about Simon Cowell, and we’re pulling up a chair to listen. This time, there’s a juicy Masked Singer angle to the drama.

According to People, Sharon recently told her co-hosts on the CBS show The Talk that she turned down a judging gig on The Masked Singer. She went on to explain that she was under contract to do “another show” at the time. We can assume that show was The X Factor, especially when we hear what Sharon said next.

“I was signed that I had to go to England, and then Simon Cowell changed his mind and thought I was too old,” she said, drawing gasps from the audience.

In case you didn’t know, Sharon and fellow judges Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger left the show last year and were replaced by Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson, and Robbie Williams, amidst Simon’s attempt to rework the show.

Sharon Stabs At Simon Cowell

At the time of her departure, Sharon made it sound like it was her decision to leave. “Simon was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows but at this point, I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point,” she wrote on Facebook. “So I have decided to pass on the series this year.”

Now Sharon is telling a different story. But she wasn’t done there. “If you want young, fire yourself,” she said of Simon’s alleged reasoning. “And get rid of those man t—.”

Ouch! Of course, this isn’t the first time Sharon has dissed Simon since leaving The X Factor. She previously accused him of underpaying her, and blamed the show’s sliding ratings on “his decision to change the the show again and again and again.” Considering the many changes Simon already has planned, it’s hard to disagree.

This news about The Masked Singer has us wondering which seat at the judges’ table Sharon was originally asked to fill. Could it have been her former X Factor colleague Nicole Scherzinger? News of her exit from the show broke several months before Sharon’s, so she was presumably available to accept the gig around the same time.

But hey, there’s always a chance that Sharon will show up as one of next season’s masked celebrities!


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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