Sharon Osbourne Backtracks Her Story About Assistant’s Termination After House Fire
Sharon Osbourne is clarifying her statement. The Talk host, 67, revealed that the story she told on the game show, Would I Lie to You? about forcing an assistant into a burning building before firing him was actually embellished.
During the Friday, January 10 episode of The Talk, Sharon explained that she didn’t actually fire the employee shortly after he saved her family’s artwork collection from a house fire. “I told a true story about a fire I had in my house,” the talk show host explained to her cohosts while describing how she told Ozzy Osbourne’s personal assistant to save her paintings from the burning house at the time. “He went in he got the painting out. And then, just to be precocious, I said at the end of this little thing I was doing, ‘Oh, and then I fired him.’” She added, “It was a joke because I was on a comedy show.”
Sharon went on to explain that she didn’t actually terminate the assistant after the incident. “I fired him about 15 years later,” the host revealed.
The daytime talk show host first told the story in December 2019 during an episode of a BBC game show, Would I Lie to You? In the game, celebrity guests tell stories and others would have to guess if they were telling the truth or not.
During the segment, Sharon recalled how she and Ozzy, 71, were home for Christmas when their home became engulfed in flames from a candle. “This alarm was ringing and ringing. A fire alarm,” Sharon explained. “I sent him Ozzy down. And so, he went down, and suddenly I hear my name being called. ‘Sharon, Sharon, help me!’”
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She continued, “I went downstairs and there he was in the living room and his arm was on fire. He had a sling on. And half his hair was all on fire.” After noting that Ozzy’s assistant was asleep during the ordeal, Sharon said that she used a magazine to try and stop the fire on Ozzy’s shirt and hair.
Sharon continued, “So then outside there was a fountain. I pushed Ozzy out and then the arm and his hair stopped. And then I think ‘Right, where is that assistant?’ So I go into the guest house and he’s going, ‘Everything alright?’ and I’m like ‘No, the house is on fire. Get out, help. Go in and get the paintings out.'”
The talk show host then revealed that she ordered the assistant to go and find her dogs. Shortly after the fire engines arrived with oxygen for the assistant. Sharon recalled telling the employee, “How very dare you, you work here, and you get more painting out right now. I took the mask and I put it on my dog.”
She concluded, “After this terrible night, he was not talking to me. And Ozzy and I were counting everything, and we were laughing and laughing, and he goes ‘I don’t see what’s funny about any of this. I think I am going to have damaged lungs.’ So then, I just said ‘If you don’t think that’s funny, do you think this is funny?’ And he said, ‘What?’ And I said, ‘You’re fired.’”
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