Former "X Factor" U.K. judge Sharon Osbourne has made a public apology to her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, for minor injuries that he sustained during an accidental fire that happened in their home in Beverly Hills, California, on January 17, 2013. Firefighters arrived in time to put out the fire, which was accidentally set by a candle left burning overnight. Ozzy Osbourne was injured when he tried to douse the flames himself. Sharon took the blame for the fire, and she apologized for it on the CBS weekday chat show "The Talk."
Sharon has been Ozzy's manager since 1980. They have been married since 1982.
According to TMZ, firefighters responded to the emergency around 4:45 a.m. and put out the fire before it spread further in the house. Sharon Osbourne told TMZ: "Please everybody always check all the candles lit in the house before going to bed. I didn't, and at 5 a.m. this morning I was met with five gorgeous men from the BH Fire Department as they put out the fire in my house."
Sharon Osbourne, who co-hosts "The Talk," went into more details on the show on January 17, 2013. (Ozzy was not on the show.) Sharon said, "At five o’clock [in the morning], I heard a noise like metal had fallen. I thought it was my housekeeper coming in and she had dropped her keys on the tiles. That’s what it sounded like, so I didn’t pay any attention. A few minutes later, my eyes are stinging and my throat’s closing up ... ‘Something’s weird smelling in here.’
"Then my dog started to bark. I go downstairs and the whole living room [was on fire]. The candle had burst and the cracking sound was the glass and the candle exploding… My husband had an operation on his hand yesterday so he’s in a complete cast. He comes down and goes, ‘Oh, the fire, the fire!’ (and tries to put it out) with his hand in the cast. Then he opens the French doors and I go into the kitchen and throw water on it and it erupted.
"Ozzy’s front of his hair is gone! His eyebrows are gone… he’s got like, skinned cheeks. We are, like, two idiots It was like the Three Stooges … Everything you are not meant to do — go to bed with candles alight, open the doors and put water on — we did it all. They [the firemen] come up, they give us a lecture, and Ozzy’s like, ‘She’s been doing this to me for 32 years! You tell her, you tell her, no more candles!’
"I apologize to my husband because he put himself out. He made his hand worse, it started to bleed, the whole nine yards, and I’m sorry and I love you, and I will never light a candle again … I want to thank the firemen from Beverly Hills Fire Station because you are magnificent there. And I want to say to everyone out there: Please, please check your candles before you go to bed."
Sharon Osbourne was a judge on ITV's "The X Factor" U.K. from 2004 to 2007. British tabloids have been publishing reports that Sharon Osbourne has been in talks to return to "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013. Representatives for the show are currently refusing to comment on any changes to the show that will be made this year.
In August 2012, Sharon Osbourne fueled speculation that she might return to "The X Factor" U.K. when she tweeted that she wanted to go back to being a judge on the show in 2013. She posted this statement on Twitter not long after she announced that she was ending her five-year stint as a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent." Sharon said she was leaving "America's Got Talent" because she was in a dispute with NBC over the network allegedly backing out of an oral agreement to cast her son Jack in the reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." Before Sharon Osbourne announced that she wanted to go back to "The X Factor" U.K and before she announced that she was quitting "America's Got Talent," she said in interviews for years that she never wanted to be an "X Factor" judge again.
Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow (who became "X Factor" U.K. judges in May 2011) have been rumored for months to be leaving the show, but Contostavlos tweeted an adamant denial on January 13, 2013. Barlow isn't commenting. "The X Factor" U.K. judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh and "X Factor" U.K. host Dermot O'Leary are widely expected to remain on the show in 2013. "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel for 2013 should be officially announced by May or June.
Although there were rampant rumors in the British media that "The X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell would return to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel in 2013, ITV confirmed in 2012 that those rumors were not true, due to Cowell being too busy with his responsibilities as a judge on "The X Factor" U.S., which is televised during the same months as "The X Factor" U.K.
Sharon Osbourne said in many interviews that she left "The X Factor" U.K. because she did not like working with fellow judge Dannii Minogue. The two women's feuding on camera and off camera made headlines. Minogue was an "X Factor" U.K. judge from 2007 to 2010. In 2012, Minogue told the media that she turned down an offer to return to the show because she wanted to live primarily in Australia for the sake of her toddler son, Ethan.
Minogue is one of many people who have gotten into public feuds with Sharon Osbourne, who made headlines this week for her feud with Lady Gaga because of insults exchanged between Lady Gaga and Sharon's daughter Kelly.
In 2012, Sharon Osbourne was a guest mentor on "The X Factor" U.K. to assist Walsh in evaluating contestants. Walsh has said in many interviews that he wants Osbourne back as a judge on the show.
If Sharon goes back to "The X Factor" U.K., then she would almost certainly have to leave "The Talk" (which is based in Los Angeles), due to the scheduling conflicts and long distances between the two shows.
April 17, 2013 update: TMZ has posted the 911 call that Sharon made to report the house fire. Click here for more details.