Ozzy says he was “wiped out” on as many as 42 pills a day during taping.

Ozzy says he was “wiped out” on as many as 42 pills a day during taping.
Let’s just call December of 2003 the month that The Osbournes‘ dirty laundry and skeletons came flying out of the closet. To recap, Kelly is mad at daughter Aimee, who hates MTV, and Ozzy was sexually molested as a kid. Clearly, in today’s climate, that’s barely enough to merit an AP wire story. So now we have Ozzy admitting that he was “wiped out” during taping of season two on sometimes as many as 42 pills a day, from Valium to Adderall, Dexedrine to Mysoline–up to 13 different types of meds. This is according to a detailed recap of the whole sordid affair in the LA Times, which reports that “[p]rescription records show that Dr. David A. Kipper had Osbourne on an array of potent drugs–opiates, tranquilizers, amphetamines, antidepressants, even an antipsychotic.” The doctor has been accused “of gross negligence in his treatment of other patients” by the state medical board. Fun media whore bonus: Dr. Drew Pinsky, who’s quickly becoming the Robert J. Thompson of the medical world, has some inane comment in the story saying that it’s not good to prescribe lots of meds to someone with an addiction problem.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.