According to The New York Post, Sharon is “fuming” over the news that the network fired her son Jack from their new reality TV series Stars Earn Stripes once the 26-year-old’s diagnosis was revealed.
Sharon claims that her son was axed via e-mail just two days before filming was to begin on the series and then lied to the press about it. Maintains Sharon, ”I just can’t be fake. It’s discrimination, and it was badly handled.”
Although Sharon is still under contract with NBC, she told The Post, “They can’t make me do something I don’t want to do. All they can do is stop me from being a judge on another network for five years.” She also revealed that efforts by producer Simon Cowell to smooth things out proved unsuccessful.
The fury began in June when Jack was a guest on his mom’ show The Talk, claiming he had been fired from the military-themed reality series due to his medical condition. Soon after, Stars and Stripes held a press conference in L.A., in which producer David Hurwitz insisted Jack had never been officially hired in the first place. ”He was somebody we were in talks with,” he explained.
Sharon sent The Post an e-mail she said she received from NBC just days after her son revealed his condition, which read, “Regretfully, we cannot move forward with Jack’s participation.”
Said Sharon, ”He didn’t want the money. He wanted his gig. It gave him something to look forward to when he was diagnosed. Think of the good that it could have done to show other people who have this [condition] that your life is not over.”
An NBC rep stated, “Sharon has been a valuable part of the NBC family. We regret any misunderstanding and wish Jack well.”