Ozzy Osbourne and his family are outraged by Ted Nugent’s criticism of The Osbournes TV show. “I think it’s an indictment to the soullessness of modern man that we get a kick out of witnessing a magnificent creature reduced to a blithering hopeless idiot,” Nugent was quoted as saying in the New York Post’s Food section.
The quote appeared in an article published Wednesday (May 15) on Nugent’s new book Kill It & Grill It: A Guide To Preparing Wild Game And Fish.
LAUNCH caught up with the Osbournes at a Wednesday (May 15) press conference to announce the June release of The Osbournes Family Album, and we asked rock’s most popular family about Nugent’s comments. “Tell him go f-k himself!” railed Ozzy’s wife Sharon Osbourne. “Tell him to go back into the f-king sausage factory!…F-king a-hole!”
Son Jack Osbourne blurted out, “He’s hardly a god right now. He’s got nothing better to do than to hunt an animal in a forest with a bow and arrow.” Daughter Kelly chimed in, “That’s just jealous people right there.”
Ozzy took a more even-keeled stance, saying, “I seem to remember a few years ago…I’ve known Ted Nugent for a long time and Ted, when I was doing the cameo part for the Howard Stern film and Ted Nugent came up to me and said, ‘I’ve got a ton of riffs right up your alley, Ozzy. We should get together and write some songs.’ You know what a lot of it is? Jealousy.”
Sharon chimed in, “Well, he better not f-king meet me.”
Sharon was so perturbed about Nugent that she even derailed her answer to the next press question, when she spouted, “I’m going to cut his d-k off.”
Ozzy then tried to calm her down, saying, “Forget it-don’t even go there. He probably hasn’t got one anyway.”
Ozzy went on, “You know what, my life has been full of sticks and stones. People have been throwing sticks and stones at me since I’ve been going, and if Ted Nugent has an opinion, fine. I don’t agree…with the way he goes out and kills wildlife for no reason at all when you can go to a…I don’t spout off about him. I respect him very dearly as a musician. He’s a great guitar player. He’s a good fellow musician. He has an opinion. Fine.”
Sharon quickly and matter-of-factly interjected, “F-k him.”
Nugent was unavailable for comment at press time.