Jack Osbourne’s teenage life as the son of heavy metal trailblazer Ozzy Osbourne was chronicled on the family’s MTV reality show, “The Osbournes,” and while he admitted transitioning from boy to adult in front of millions of TV fans was difficult, the 25-year-old says his pain was the Kardashian family’s gain.
“I remember at the time, I wasn’t too pleased,” Jack told Kit Hoover and guest co-host Arsenio Hall of his awkward portrayal on the show, during an interview on Wednesday’s Access Hollywood Live. “And then you’re getting blasted all over MTV and you’re just like, ‘Ummm —I don’t like this!’
“Think about it – we paved for the way for Kardashian weddings,” he added, before joking, “It’s my contribution to the planet.”
Following his four-year stint in front of the reality show cameras, Jack stepped behind the cameras to film his famous father for a new documentary, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” in an effort to show the show the world what the “Prince of Darkness” is really like.
Jack spent three years following his dad for the 90-minute project, which he said captures his father “a lot more sober and a lot more switched on” than Ozzy was portrayed on their infamous reality series.
“[My dad] is very lucky to be here, and he barely has any friends from when he was a kid because everyone kind of finally fell to the disease [of addiction],” Jack told Kit and Arsenio. “So, it’s tough.”
Ozzy, Jack and Kelly Osbourne have all struggled with various forms of addiction in the past, and the disease recently hit far too close to home for the Osbourne family with the tragic death of Amy Winehouse – Kelly’s close friend.
“[Kelly is] alright – she’s hanging in there,” Jack told Kit and Arsenio, when asked how his sister is coping with Amy’s passing. “I think she’s just starting to come around. She was in a bit of a slump.”
Jack said watching his friends and fellow entertainers lose the battle has been heartbreaking.
“The longer I stay sober, the more friends I see disappear,” he said. “It’s the nature of the beast. You play with fire, eventually you’re going to get burned.”
“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” broadcasts to theaters nationwide tonight and August 29 at 7:30 PM.