Sharon has no appetite for Jenny's leftovers
August 7, 2003
BY BILL ZWECKER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Advertisement
Jenny Jones' mindless, now-defunct talk show unfortunately is still having an impact on the world of syndicated television. Namely, on Sharon Osbourne's upcoming chatfest.
The hiring of a half-dozen producers and other staffers from Jones' canceled Chicago-based talk show reportedly has given Osbourne fits. Fox online gossip guru Roger Friedman even says the co-star of "The Osbournes" MTV phenomenon has balked at taping a number of episodes for the show--slated to launch in syndication in September. The show will air on WGN-Channel 9.
On the other side of the coin, Osbourne's own diva-esque behavior is adding to tensions on the set--mainly over her veto power regarding celebrity guests. Apparently Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, are big "no-no's." Ditto for controversial actress and rocker Courtney Love, who one staffer tells this column is considered "way too trashy, even by Sharon's standards."
That same staffer reiterated a tidbit revealed by Friedman in his online column this week. "People around here are still laughing about the fact Sharon had no clue who Wynonna Judd is."
Yet, Osbourne is forging ahead, convinced she will succeed in the world of talk--an arena littered with the corpses of shows once fronted by everyone from Tempestt Bledsoe to Iyanla Vanzant to Martin Short. According to Osbourne, her unique personality will ultimately pull her through.
"I can't sing for [nothing]. I can't dance. I can't tell jokes. So it's just me. I want to make people laugh, give them a bit of information, make them cry. ... I want to entertain people," she told the TV show "Extra."