Sharon Osbourne and Jay Leno had a fling back in the late 1970s, before they were married to other people. Osbourne made the revelation on her CBS chat show "The Talk" on Sept. 9, 2013. Although her fling with Leno was not a secret, she has rarely talked up about it publicly.
Sharon and her husband, Ozzy, have been married since 1982, and they have three kids together: Aimee, Kelly and Jack. Sharon has been Ozzy's manager since 1979.
Leno and his wife, Mavis, have been married since 1980 and have no children. He is a comedian and talk-show host. Leno began hosting NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 1992. Jimmy Fallon will replace Leno on "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 24, 2014.
In a segment called "Big Secret" on "The Talk," Osbourne (who is 60) said about her fling with Leno: It's not like it's a dirty little secret. When I was 25, I just moved to America. I had met my husband [Ozzy], but we weren't together. We were just friends. I didn't have a boyfriend. I never did date a lot at that time, anyway, because I was not very dateable.
"He liked my voice. One thing led to another. He came to my house and met me and then we had a little fling. The fling was more fling for me and not fling enough for him. A couple of months into it he brought around the real love of his life for me to meet. She was lovely and they took me to Fatburger and they showed me around town. They were so kind to me and continued the friendship over the years."
Sharon admitted that Leno (who is 63) was a good kisser, but she said that she couldn't remember what sex with him what was like because "it was so long ago."
In 2013, Sharon returned to the judging panel on ITV's "The X Factor" U.K., where she replaced fired judge Tulisa Contostavlos. Sharon was originally a judge on the show from 2004 to 2007, when she quit because of personality conflicts with Dannii Minogue, who was also a judge on the show at the time.
From 2007 to 2012, Sharon was a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent." She quit over a dispute with NBC because she said NBC backed out of a verbal agreement to cast her son Jack in the reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." Sharon claimed that NBC discriminated against Jack when he went public about having multiple sclerosis. NBC denied those allegations. Leno has also been in conflict with NBC, and he has frequently slammed NBC on "The Tonight Show."
Even though Sharon has gone back to being a judge on "The X Factor" U.K., she says that she has no plans to quit "The Talk," and she is commuting back and forth between the U.K. and the U.S. to work on both shows.
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have both talked about their relationship in interviews and their respective memoirs. The couple began dating while he was still married to his first wife, Thelma, who eventually divorced Ozzy. In their memoirs, Sharon and Ozzy each detailed the ups and downs of their relationship, including violent fights with each other, numerous breakups and Ozzy's arrest in 1989 for trying to strangle Sharon to death. The charges were dropped after Ozzy agreed to go to rehab.
In April 2013, the media revealed that Ozzy and Sharon were living apart after he relapsed on drugs and alcohol. The couple moved back in together after Ozzy made a public apology in April 2013 for his most recent relapse, which he said lasted from late 2011 to early 2013. Ozzy says he's been clean and sober since March 2013.
Ozzy and Sharon both denied rumors that they were getting divorced.
In an statement on "The Talk," Sharon said she was "devastated" by Ozzy's relapse but that the couple's marriage is back on track and they are happy together.
Sharon is reportedly working on her third memoir, whose title and publication date are to be announced.