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Monday 22 September 2014

Sharon: I love America's Got Talent

Sharon Osbourne has insisted she is looking forward to returning to America's Got Talent

Sharon Osbourne has dismissed suggestions she is leaving US TV show America's Got Talent.

The judge sparked rumours she was quitting the hit series after she addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern on Twitter and said "money is not the reason I'm not returning" to the show. Her tweet trailed off with "it's because..." and didn't elaborate.

But she later took to the social networking site to say: "Last AGT tonite b4 Olympic break. Looking forward to time off but will be counting the days until I see my AGT fam again whom I love & adore."

Sharon's earlier message was unexpected, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

"This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don't even know what's going on. And it's probably much ado about nothing," he said.

Sharon has a multi-year contract with the series, according to a person familiar with the production.

America's Got Talent, which is now airing its seventh season, added Howard to the judges' panel this year and moved the production from Los Angeles to New York to accommodate him. Howie Mandel is the show's third judge.

The first tweet from Sharon, co-host of The Talk and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, appeared to refer to one posted on Monday on the account for Howard's radio show.

Howard "isn't sure if he'll do another season and says Sharon Osbourne may not come back unless she gets more money," the tweet read.

Asked whether Howard intended to stay with the show, Don Buchwald, his agent, responded by email saying "we do not respond to inquiries of this sort".

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