Sharon Osbourne to Replace Brandy on America's Got Talent
With a vehicular manslaughter charge hanging over her head, Brandy Norwood has more things to worry about than acting as a judge on America's Got Talent.
That's why NBC announced yesterday Sharon Osbourne will join David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan to judge the second season of the hit talent competition, which returns with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, May 29 (9-11 p.m. ET).
Jerry Springer will be the new host of the series, which was last summer's top-rated new show.
The announcement was made by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.
"Sharon Osbourne is show business personified and she has seen and done it all," said Plestis. "She will make an excellent fit with David and Piers, who we're delighted to have back for another great season."
"We're very excited about our new ensemble of judges and host this season," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, executive producer of America's Got Talent. "I'm certain this extraordinary and dynamic group will prove most entertaining to our growing audience."
"On this show, it just had to be Sharon Osbourne," added Simon Cowell, executive producer.
Osbourne and her rock icon husband, Ozzy Osbourne, took America by storm in 2002 when they starred with their family in the reality series The Osbournes, which won an Emmy as Outstanding Non-Fiction Program that year. Osbourne also served as co-producer and executive producer of the series.
Her career in the music industry has spanned several years, managing numerous successful artists over the years including Ozzy's. In 1996, she created the successful Ozzfest summer touring festival, which went on to become a prime rock occasion and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006.