NBC Fires Back At Sharon Osbourne Over Discrimination Claims

NBC is lashing back at Sharon Osbourne … claiming she was DEAD WRONG when she insisted the network fired her son from a reality show because he was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Sharon had told the media she was quitting her gig on “America’s Got Talent” because NBC had “discriminated” against Jack Osbourne by dropping him from an upcoming reality show called, “Stars Earn Stripes” … in which celebrities compete in various military-style physical challenges. And to make matters worse, Sharon had claimed Jack was notified by e-mail … just two days before production was set to begin.

But NBC claims Sharon is blowing the whole thing out of of proportion — but admits the network decided to NOT ask Jack to participate as a contestant after going through vigorous medical screening.


NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt explains, “We hold medical information in strict confidence and therefore cannot comment specifically about Jack, but as a company that cares deeply about the health and safety of everyone on our shows — especially one like ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ that requires dangerous water stunts, strenuous physical activity, and uses live ammunition — we required all potential participants to undergo medical vetting to ensure that they could safely participate.”

Do you think Sharon Osbourne just got it all wrong? Was NBC right to NOT ask Jack to participate in the reality show?

Source: TMZ

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‘Talent’ Star Tim Poe Deeper In Hot Water Over Fake Military Photo

Stuttering “America’s Got Talent” contestant Timothy Poe is NOT the soldier in the photo displayed during his tearjerker audition this week — it’s someone else … and the REAL soldier is pissed.

Staff Sgt. Norman Bone tells TMZ, he first heard about the photo from his ex-wife who was watching “AGT” — Norman thought it was part of a tribute to the troops … and didn’t think twice about it. Bone — who currently serves in El Paso, TX – tells us, “First thing that came to my mind was ‘Why would this lying son of a bitch do this?’” … adding, “I’m absolutely furious. Been seeing red all day.”  Bone says he’s never even heard of Timothy Poe — and he’s going to meet with the Army legal department to explore his options.


The photo in question was originally posted on the U.S. Department of Defense website along with the caption, “U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone directs movement as his patrol turns around on a narrow path in the mountains of Parwan province in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2006.” Timothy Poe has insisted from the beginning his story is legit. We called him about the photo. He hasn’t gotten back to us.

A rep for FreemantleMedia — the production company behind “AGT” — tells TMZ, “We sincerely apologize to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Norman Bone for using a photo of him in our story on Tim Poe. It was supplied to us by Tim and used on the show in good faith. It has now been removed and will not be used again.”

What could be the outcome of all the mess that Tim Poe has caused? Tell us what you think the AGT management should do!

Source: TMZ

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Tim Poe Of ‘America’s Got Talent’ — War Hero Or Fraud?

NBC’s summer talent show “America’s Got Talent” looked like it had found a new star this week in country singer Tim Poe, who came to the stage with a heart-tugging story: He’s an Afghanistan war veteran who was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade, suffering brain damage and developing a stutter that he can only suppress while singing. But reports are now surfacing that Poe may have fabricated the whole story.

Reality TV blog Rickey.org first reported that the military records didn’t match Poe’s story. Poe served with the Minnesota National Guard for nine years (not 14, as he said) as a supply specialist, and they can’t find any evidence of the injury he describes. The Associated Press followed up and found the same thing.


Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson told the AP, “We did not find something to substantiate what he said.” Olson also noted that Poe did not receive the Purple Heart, an honor given to servicemen injured in enemy combat, as he would have if his story were true. And now Poe’s ex-wife is piling on, telling the New York Post she has never heard him stutter.

Poe won over the “Talent” judges and viewers on Monday night with his amazing tale, telling viewers in a taped interview that he suffered a broken back and brain damage while heroically trying to save his fellow troops. He then earned a standing ovation with his heartfelt rendition of Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”

NBC had no comment on the story, but if proven true, these accusations could turn a feel-good story into a serious scandal for the network. At the very least, it sounds as if someone at NBC didn’t do their homework before broadcasting Poe’s story into millions of homes. If the story is proven false, should he be removed from the contest?

Source: Yahoo News

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