Ozzy Osbourne and his family have released the first episode of their new podcast. You can now listen to it using the widget below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-week podcast will see Ozzy, his wife/manager Sharon and their children Jack and Kelly talking about the groundbreaking reality show "The Osbournes" that ran on MTV from 2002 to 2005. Several guests will make an appearance on the show, including comedian Sheryl Underwood, Carnie Wilson and "The Osbournes" executive producer Greg Johnston.
In Episode 1, the Osbournes reflect on how a one-off idea that wasn't supposed to be would, ultimately, change their lives forever. Ozzy finally gets to meet Elizabeth Taylor, and along the way bumps into Kermit The Frog and the Queen Of England. Sharon explains her theories on the show's success, and how inviting cameras into her home encouraged those watching to become a part of the family. Jack and Kelly discuss how overnight stardom may have played a role in warping their innocent and impressionable teenage minds.
Jack told The Hollywood Reporter about how the podcast idea came about: "There's been talk about bringing 'The Osbournes' back, but it would never work. I thought, 'Well, this is probably the next best thing.'"
"The Osbournes" followed the lives of the BLACK SABBATH singer and his family. The "fly-on-the-wall" TV series, which became the highest rated original program in MTV's history, chronicled Sharon Osbourne's battle with cancer, as well as Kelly and Jack's stints in rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse.
"The Osbournes" was credited with being the first show where cameras followed celebrities around and led to a number of copycats like A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", which followed the life of KISS bassist Gene Simmons and his family, and A&E's "Growing Up Twisted", about the family of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider.
Speaking to The Times-Picayune, Ozzy said about "The Osbournes": "It was a TV show, which was a good idea that went fucking out of control.
"The No. 1 mistake I made was having it filmed in the house I lived in, instead of a reproduction in a studio where I could go every day and come home. You have camera crews living in your garage 24/7 for three years; anybody would go fucking crazy at the end of it."
He added: "Nobody could have predicted what was going to happen with it. It started off with 'Cribs'. MTV said a load of people wanted a rerun, asking for it to be shown again and again. Somebody said, 'Why don't you do an extended version of 'Cribs'?' It was like, 'We can do that.' But then it went wildly out of control."
In "The Osbournes", the legendary singer would often be seen running on a treadmill and getting fit. But he told The Daily Record back in 2009 that it was all a charade. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Ozzy, supposedly a recovering alcoholic, would go to a room and get stoned.
Ozzy revealed: "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.
"I'd give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles."
"The Osbournes Podcast" premiered on the 16th anniversary of the show's MTV debut. New episodes will become available every Monday.