Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Osbourne to sign $2million X Factor deal?

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne is reportedly on the verge of a $2 million X Factor return.

The new arrangement will make the 60-year-old television personality the highest paid judge on the talent show.

The Sunday People report that Sharon will sign up next week as part of a bid by Simon Cowell to boost the show’s ratings.

“Sharon will be an X Factor judge and it is only a matter of days before the deal is finalised,” sources told the newspaper. “She is being paid a hefty sum of £2million as Simon is desperate to have her on the show.

“She is also expecting to earn half a million more in book and publishing deals. There is no way she would turn down such a well-paid job.”

The outspoken star’s finances came under scrutiny recently when she and husband Ozzy Osbourne were hit by a $1.7million tax bill back in 2011.

Sharon appeared as a UK X Factor judge from 2004 to 2007, but left after feuding with fellow judge Dannii Minogue.

The newspaper reports that Nicole Scherzinger, 34, wants more money to stay on as a judge alongside Gary Barlow, 42 and Louis Walsh, 61.

The hefty pay packet may prove a welcome piece of news for Sharon amid reports her marriage to husband Ozzy Osbourne is in trouble.

Sharon, who has three children with the Black Sabbath rocker, has been living apart from Ozzy for several weeks.

Ozzy recently revealed he has been struggling with drugs and alcohol.

“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs,” he wrote on Facebook last week.

“I was in a very dark place and was an a**e to the people I love most, my family. I would like to apologise to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behaviour during this period… and my fans."

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