Osbourne Show Provokes Free-Speech Fight in Fla.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
He’s not biting off bats’ heads at the moment, but Ozzy Osbourne has once again managed to stir up controversy, even in his autumn years. The flap this time is over “The Osbournes: Reloaded,” his new Fox TV variety show co-starring other members of his clan, which an affiliate in Panama City, Fla., has deemed unfit for viewing.
The Fox affiliate in Panama City, WPGX Fox 28, has opted not to air the show, claiming the program is “unsuitable and contrary to the public interest,” the city’s News Herald reports.
“This is more of an MTV thing,” WPGX general manager Jeff Cavileer told the News Herald. “They are reporting it to be a variety show. There is worse stuff than this out there. This show in my market does not serve my public in Panama City. I did not feel it was appropriate.” Cavileer added that the Osbournes show would follow American Idol, a series that attracts a lot of young viewers (and we’d add also features a difficult-to-understand star — cough, Paula).