Video footage of Zakk Wylde talking to the Artisan News Service about his split with OZZY OSBOURNE can be viewed at this location.
When asked in a recent interview with MusicRadar.com how he came to be fired from Ozzy's band, Wylde stated that Ozzy and his wife, Sharon, "said, 'Zakk, son, we need to talk to you.' They sat me down at the kitchen table and said, 'Zakk, we're very proud of you, but you're 42 years old now. We just think it's about time you take your wife and your kids and you get the fuck out of your bedroom and grow the fuck up and get a job, because me and your mother want to enjoy our life now. I think we've done enough. You're 42, now get the fuck out of the house!
"That's what happened. As rough as it was for me, I had to accept it," he said.
Wylde said that he first heard about losing the Ozzy gig from rock photographer Neil Zlozower. Neil had been doing a photo shoot with KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and heard the news from them.
"It's always been this way: 'We're going out on the road.' It's like, 'When? Tomorrow? What?,'" Wylde said. "I'm the last person to find out anything, you know? I've been with Oz since I was 19; I'm fucking 42 years old. It's just like ... like, with my dad passing away, same with my mom ... I don't go, 'Oh, this sucks.' I never ask; I always thank.
"At least I got to spend 23 years with the boss," Wylde continued. "And he knows I'll always be there with him. Gus [G.], who's playing with [Ozzy now], he's fucking awesome. So I hope he has a millisecond of the good time I had. Gus will have a fucking blast, you know what I mean?"