One of MTV’s very first reality TV shows may be making its way back to our TV sets.
The Osbournes— which premiered on MTV in 2002 and followed the life and family of Ozzy Osbourne— was a smash hit for the network in the early 2000s, skyrocketed Ozzy, his wife Sharon and kids Kelly and Jack to instant stardom. The show ended in 2005 but, according to Jack, a comeback is being discussed.
In a new interview, Jack— who has gone on to appear on several more reality shows since ‘The Osbournes’ ended— admitted that his family is considering trying their reality show again.
“I would be lying to say the conversations haven’t been coming up recently,” Jack said on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket. “I think nostalgia is such a huge, hot-button word right now. You look at all these shows coming back from 20 years ago.”
(Just in the last few years, long-lost reality shows such as The Hills, Queer Eye and Temptation Island have all made comebacks.)
However, much has changed in the Osbourne family since the MTV cameras left. Obviously, Jack and Kelly have moved out and Jack has started a family of his own. (He and his ex-wife Lisa Stelly have three children.) Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012, and, earlier this year Ozzy revealed he has Parkinson’s Disease.
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“The only thing, and what I struggle with, is we don’t all live together,” he said. “I’ve got kids, and an ex-wife and a whole life outside of my family now. I don’t know how much I would want to feature my kids in it. I think it would be really hard to do, and I don’t think it would be as funny.
Still, Jack thinks the family could come up with a dynamic that would work for a reality reboot.
“One thought I’ve had is, why don’t we all just move in together for two months? It’s 20 years later; we’re all moving back into the house together…I think it would be kind of funny. It would be the only way we would get anything near [to what we had before].”
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Jack confirmed that he’s had a lot of calls from people and companies interested in getting ‘The Osbournes’ on TV again, but he’s been resistant to working with anyone.
“Why would I need [them]? If I want to do ‘The Osbournes’ again, I’ll do it,” he said. “I have a company, I make reality shows. I don’t need some LA producer being like, ‘Hey, I’ve got a great idea!’ But it does happen, but most of the time I just go, ‘No, if it’s going to happen, it’s not going to be you.'”
However, Jack stated that any network interested in regathering his family for a reboot would have to shell out a pretty penny.
“I guess [the reboot will happen] when someone pays me a hell of a lot more than they’re currently offering, because the amount of therapy I’m going to have to buy into after that is going to be monstrous,” he said.
In November 2019, Kelly told PeopleTV that her family was considering an offer to bring their show back.
“I’m not joking, every single year— about every three months or so— someone else gives us another offer and we keep saying no,” she said. “We’ve got other people to think about; my brother’s got three kids. Do we want that life for them without them being old enough for them to choose whether they want to do it or not, like my brother and I were.
“It keeps coming around, and right now there’s another offer on the table, and right now, I think this is the closest we’ve ever come to accepting one,” she added. “Whether that will happen or not, I don’t know.”
Listen to Jack’s full interview with The Big Ticket below!
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