MTV staged key scenes of Osbournes, claim stars
Wednesday November 27, 2002
Some of the best-known scenes in The Osbournes, the reality TV show that became a cult hit in the US, were staged for the cameras, two of its stars claimed today.
Ozzy Osbourne's teenage children said two pivotal episodes in the first series were engineered by the programme's producers for dramatic effect.
They included a family meeting where an attempt by the veteran rocker and his wife Sharon to have a frank discussion with their outspoken offspring led to an explosive row.
"The most fake thing about that show was the family meeting, because that was an MTV idea," said 18-year-old Kelly Osbourne.
Her brother Jack, 17, said another scene in which Sharon calls a pet psychiatrist to deal with the family dogs who resist being house trained was also generated by producers.
"The dog and the dog therapist, that was an MTV thing," he told US television network ABC.
But the teenagers' claims were fiercely denied by their father.
Ozzy Osbourne's publicist said: "Nothing is ever scripted or planned on The Osbournes. Ozzy and Sharon would not have done it unless it were all real."
MTV also said any suggestion that producers had manipulated the action was false.
"You could not stage anything with that family. That is the beauty of the show," said a spokesman for the station.
The claims came as the eagerly awaited second series of The Osbournes was aired in the US.
Series one was MTV's most successful production and one of the most talked-about shows in America.