OZZY OSBOURNE Interviewed On BBC RADIO 4's 'Front Row'; Audio Available

Ozzy Osbourne was interviewed on yesterday's (Thursday, October 1) edition of BBC Radio 4's "Front Row". The chat is now available for streaming at this location. (Note: The Ozzy interview begins around the 16-minute mark.)

During the interview, Osbourne said his family's MTV reality show, "The Osbournes", was an "experiment that went wildly out of control".

The program, which ran from 2002 to 2005, showed the often chaotic domestic life of the star, his wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly.

It introduced the BLACK SABBATH singer to a new crop of fans, who were hooked by his bumbling ineptitude at everyday tasks like working a TV remote.

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But Ozzy told "Front Row" the attention was "really creepy".

"It was as if I went to bed in one world and woke up in a completely different world," the 60-year-old said.

"We went down to this market in Beverly Hills where you can just walk around artwork and statues and dolls and all this stuff and I got this really creepy feeling.

"I look around. People aren't looking, but I could feel eyes on me.

"I thought I was getting paranoid or something."

Ozzy said he was not keen to repeat the experience — even though his wife has forged a career as a TV personality on shows like the "X Factor" and "America's Got Talent".

"I don't really want to do TV. I don't like doing TV much. Sharon loves it."

Hachette Audio has set an October 22 U.K. release date for the audiobook version of Ozzy Osbourne's long-awaited memoir, "I Am Ozzy". The book, which was originally slated to arrive almost two years ago but was delayed twice, was published in the U.K. on October 1.

"I Am Ozzy" chronicles the star's humble beginnings in the U.K. to his current position as international music and TV celebrity.

In a statement, he revealed what fans can expect from the bio, explaining: "They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies…' Now me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the fucking things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

"It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty fucking years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at fucking two miles per hour.

"People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of 60, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have put money on me, no fucking way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

"A lot of it ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just John Osbourne: a working class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time."

Publisher Antonia Hodgson called the book "fantastic," adding that it was "very much in the tone of his voice, very funny and a very full story."

A U.S. publication date has yet to be announced.

Sharon Osbourne published her own best-selling memoir in 2005, called "Extreme: My Autobiography". A second volume was rushed out in 2008 after Ozzy's book was delayed.

Ozzy is working on a new album that he expects to release next year.


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