Report: Sharon Osbourne may replace Brandy as a judge on America’s Got Talent 2

Sharon Osbourne’s publicist denied a report that she’ll leave The X Factor, but another report says she may join America’s Got Talent 2 in the US, replacing Brandy.

Citing “[i]nside sources connected to the production,” Televisionary reported Friday that producers “will be replacing beleaguered judge Brandy, currently embroiled in legal problems– both criminal and civil–stemming from her involvement in a fatal car crash last year, with British reality TV veteran Sharon Osbourne.”

Earlier last week, there were reports in the UK that Sharon planned to leave The X Factor, on which she serves as a judge. Her publicist told Metro that Sharon has “no intention of leaving” the UK show.

Earlier, a source told the Daily Express, “With the axe being wielded on X Factor, it’s got everyone running scared and Sharon knows her name was mentioned in the shake-up. All she is doing is securing her future and branching out.”

That “branching out” was a reference to a new job with ABC. However, yesterday, Sharon reportedly criticized Cowell for firing fellow judge Louis Walsh. “I was completely shocked. It was a harsh and unfair thing to do. The very least he could have done is to have told Louis and Kate rather than pretend it was all down to the producers,” she said, according to World Entertainment News.

America’s Got Talent is produced by Simon Cowell, so if she was leaving to flee Cowell, she probably wouldn’t just join another one of his programs.

Sharon Osbourne to Replace Brandy on “America’s Got Talent”? [Televisionary]
Sharon ‘not quitting’ X Factor [Metro]
Osbourne Slams ‘Gutless’ Cowell [World Entertainment News]

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