The following item was published in today's edition of The New York Post:
"Sharon Osbourne is so ticked off about the direction her new talk show is heading, she's refusing to show up for work. Sharon was supposed to tape some test shows Monday, but according to Foxnews.com she called in 'sick' on Saturday from England and informed her bosses she'd be missing most of the week — even though guests and audiences had already been booked. Osbourne promised to do a Friday show and maybe one for Saturday. The show, set to launch Sept. 15, has been racked with difficulties ever since a producer from the trashy 'Jenny Jones Show' was hired. Insiders say celebs are staying away in droves, and the only bold-faced name producers could procure was publicity-hound Sean 'Puffy' Combs. 'Sharon is a smart, tough businesswoman,' one source told PAGE SIX. 'She thought her experience with Telepicture would be the same as the one she had with MTV, where they let her do whatever she wanted. Things are not going well.' 'Our relationship with Sharon has been and continues to be terrific,' insists Telepictures president Jim Paratore. 'Sharon went to London to see [her daughter] Kelly perform, something that had been the plan for a long time. She got an ear infection and the doctors told her not to fly. Because we're in good shape it wasn't a big deal.' "