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Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Sharon Osbourne leaving NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’?


Sharon Osbourne (Michael Loccisano - GETTY IMAGES)

Sharon Osbourne tweeted Tuesday afternoon that she’s leaving NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Kind of.

On Monday, the Twitter account for Howard Stern’s satellite radio show tweeted that Stern, who joined “Talent” this season, wasn’t sure whether he will do another season of the competition show. The tweet added that Osbourne may not come back unless she gets more money.

“My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to @nbcagt, it’s because . . . “ Osbourne, who also has a gig co-hosting CBS’s “The Talk,” tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“I have nothing to say about Sharon Osbourne other than this is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously and we don’t really know what’s going on,” NBC Entertainmetn chairman Bob Greenblatt told TV critics later Tuesday at Summer TV Press Tour 2012.

“I think it’s much ado about nothing,” Greenblatt added.

Osbourne is under a multi-year contract to be a judge on the talent compeititon, a source close to the situation said.

A couple hours earlier, TV critics, who’d not yet read Osbourne’s tweet, asked Greenblatt and NBC’s reality-TV chief Paul Telegdy about “Talent,” the money, and the ratings.

“Talk a little bit about The Great Howard Stern Experiment — how you think that’s going,” one critic asked, adding “the show is No. 1, barely, [in the summer] . . . and the ratings are kind of going in the wrong direction.” Plus, the critic noted, NBC spent the equivalent of a Third World country’s GNP to pay Stern and to move the whole show to New York for Stern’s sake.

Telegdy thanked the critic, like he meant it to sting, for pointing out that the show is still No. 1 during the summer and likely to end the summer season in first place. Creatively, NBC is “thrilled” with Stern, said Telegdy, adding “he’s proven himself to be a wonderful addition to the panel of judges on the show” and NBC would “be delighted if Howard wants to come back.”

“Talent,” Telegdy pointed out, was given a very tough job this season, including a launch at the end of the official TV season in the teeth of popular shows’s season finales.

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