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'The Osbournes' Sharon Osbourne blames self for son Jack's substance abuse


By Wade Paulsen, 06/26/2003 

In the world of MTV's The Osbournes, the only bad publicity is no publicity. The Associated Press reports that, in the current issue of US Magazine, Osbournes matriarch Sharon Osbourne takes full responsibility for the alcohol and drug abuse problems experienced by her son Jack, who has also been featured on the show. In particular, she notes her failure to recognize what was going on with Jack, even though she was, in her own mind, a "cutting-edge mom."

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We admire Sharon's willingness to take the blame here. Of course, we understand that she was less observant than normal because she was preoccupied with her ongoing vendetta against a Hollywood agent. However, considering that ratings for the third season of The Osbournes have dropped almost 50% even though eldest daughter Aimee has now joined the cast, and considering that daughter Kelly Osbourne was dropped by Sony Music despite father Ozzy's threat to leave the label, it looks like the Osbourne craze may have run its course. Soon, Sharon may have a lot more off-camera time to spend with her family.

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