SHARON OSBOURNE: 'The Osbournes' To Continue After Next Season

Sharon Osbourne will not be pulling the plug on "The Osbournes" at the end of the show's coming season after all.

On Monday, ABC released a transcript of Barbara Walters' interview with Sharon, which is to air Wednesday on "20/20", in which Sharon said the combined pressures on her family of life in a media fishbowl and her own colon cancer treatment are too much for the Osbournes, and that the show's second season would be its last. But late in the day, Sharon and MTV contradicted the interview, with Sharon issuing a statement saying the Osbournes would live up to their contract to shoot at least two more 10-episode seasons. "I have every intention of fulfilling our commitment to MTV for a full 20 episodes," she said in a statement. "I love my MTV."

Explaining the metal matriarch's backtracking, MTV president Van Toffler told the New York Times, "Sharon Osbourne is an uncontrollable and volatile entity, which is one reason why her family is so entertaining. It's something I'm accustomed to." He tells E!, "She was probably having a difficult time and she was venting in the moment." Asked how she responded when he asked her yesterday about the Walters interview, Toffler told E! she said, "You know you can't believe everything I say."


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