Despite having been called "has-beens" and "just too fucking gay from the word go" by Sharon Osbourne in a Rolling Stone article last fall, KORN are confidently pressing ahead with their decision to tour this summer under the Ozzfest banner.

"She started rumors about us, but that is just how she is," Jonathan Davis said nonchalantly at a press conference on Tuesday (Feb. 18) in the Osbournes' library, according to MTV.com. "She is a shit talker and it doesn't bother me. I mean, with negative press, they are still talking about me, so I don't give a fuck. ... We are all in this thing together. We all want to do a good show, and I can look [past] that. Who cares?"

Meanwhile, Sharon blamed her past statements on her illness.

"I had cancer. I was sick and I didn't know what I was saying. Now that's a good sympathy card," Osbourne joked. "Being a manager, it's not right to knock on the bands, and I did it because I am such a bitch and I did it because I don't like his manager."

As for the notion that nĂ¼-metal, a major element of Ozzfest since the beginning, is losing fans, Sharon scoffed.

"They are going to stay around," she promised. "With our genre of music, with KORN, DISTURBED or OZZY, the industry always, always says, 'It's over, it's over, it's over,' and it's not for us to determine. It's for the kids to determine. So if kids don't show up this year, then we know it's dead, but it's not for the media to say that it's dead.


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