Simon Cowell fired me for being too OLD, says Sharon Osbourne, 66

Sharon Osbourne has claimed Simon Cowell fired her from talent contest X-Factor because of her age (Image: Getty) The 66-year-old wife of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was set to return as a judge on the ITV show last year, but then said she had decided not to come back  Now Sharon claims she was axed from the talent show because of her age. She said: “I turned down [US TV show] Masked Singer last year as I was signed to do another show at the time  “They asked if I wanted to be a judge on it, but I said, ‘I have to go to England’  “Then Simon Cowell changed his mind and thought I was too old. Simon Cowell said, ‘She is old We need somebody young’.”   Related articles X Factor 2019: Star says Simon Cowell show should be cancelled Susan Boyle: BGT favourite set to make comeback  She then took a swipe at the 59-year-old music mogul by sending him a message saying: “If you want young, fire yourself and get rid of those man **** ” In an X Factor shake-up last year Cowell did keep Sharon on board. But he axed judges Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger and put Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda and Louis Tomlinson on the panel  Sharon did not take part in the auditions stage last summer, but was due to join for the live shows in the autumn  Just before they began, she said: “I have decided to pass on the series. I don’t think I am needed “This isn’t the first time Sharon has raged about Simon Cowell and the whole X-Factor show (Image: Getty) But yesterday, speaking on her US show The Talk, she gave a different view of events It is not the first time Sharon has raged about Cowell and the X Factor show. Last year she called him “a ******* pain in the ***” with “a fat ******* face”, called some auditionees “karaoke acts” and claimed ratings had “dropped and dropped and dropped” because of constant changes to the show  Cowell has not commented on Sharon’s latest outburst, but in the past he has laughed off her remarks  He said last year: “I spoke to her and said, ‘You were gobby when you first came on the show and you are still gobby’  “I can’t be mad. I treat it as fun.”

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