The Reason KISS’ Gene Simmons Apologized To Ozzy Osbourne’s Family
Gene Simmons is a singer, songwriter, and musician, also known as The Demon of KISS, the iconic band that has rocked the stage for decades since its formation in the early 1970s. Apart from being a talented and successful musician, Simmons is also known for his controversial public image and outspokenness, which sometimes instigated feuds. For instance, Gene Simmons called David Lee Roth a ‘bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor‘ less than a year ago while speaking on the rocker’s contemporary career.
In 2016, Simmons also referred to Prince‘s death as pathetic and attracted a lot of criticism from both fans and fellow musicians. Not long after making those remarks, the musician apologized to the fans and the musicians for his insensitive words. The case wasn’t different regarding his feud with the Osbournes, as Simmons slammed them but apologized later on. Let’s learn the details of what happened between Gene Simmons and the Osbourne family.
What Did Gene Simmons Say About The Osbourne Family?
Back in the early 2000s, Ozzy Osbourne and his family became reality television stars with the show ‘The Osbournes,’ which revealed the domestic life of the Osbourne family — Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne, and their children Kelly and Jack. On March 5, 2002, the series premiered on MTV and became the most-viewed series ever on the channel. The final episode of the series aired on March 21, 2005. After the series, many musicians followed their example by shooting reality shows following their life.
Among these was Gene Simmons, who presented his family’s life on A&E on August 7, 2006, with his ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels.’ When asked whether the show is like ‘The Osbournes,’ Gene Simmons once said that it isn’t as his kids aren’t using drugs. This remark was directly aimed at Jack and Kelly Osbourne, who were battling their drug addiction and entering rehab. As a protective mother, Sharon Osbourne was quite offended by those words.
Gene Simmons Apologized To Sharon Osbourne For His Past Remarks
Back in 2011, during an episode of her ‘The Talk’ show, Sharon Osbourne brought up this issue to Simmons and made him remember what he said about her family. She then confronted the KISS icon for his remarks on Ozzy Osbourne and said he claimed Ozzy is a sad case.
As a response, Gene Simmons addressed his past remarks and said he doesn’t remember making those statements, but he admitted that he was out of line if he did so. Moreover, Simmons stated that no one has the right to say anything about them as their family is only their business.
As reported by Noisecreep, Sharon Osbourne told Gene Simmons the following during the show:
“Many, many years ago when you first started ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels,’ it was reported that somebody said, ‘Isn’t it like ‘The Osbournes?’ And you said, ‘No, because my kids aren’t on drugs.’ So I came back with a rebuttal.
Then there was something printed in the KISS magazine about how there should have been a disclaimer at the beginning of ‘The Osbournes’ that says, ‘People shouldn’t drink otherwise you’ll end up like Ozzy Osbourne.’ And you said he was sad. And I don’t think my husband is sad. So there we go.”
Gene Simmons then said:
“Rightfully so. Any mother should defend her family. I don’t remember saying those things. If I did, I was way out of line, your family is your business, and no one has any right to say anything about them.”
Although Gene Simmons made quite bold remarks about the Osbourne family, he struggled to remember saying them but accepted that it was a mistake if he did. Following this conversation, Sharon Osbourne accepted Gene Simmons’ apology, and the Osbournes and KISS icon buried the hatchet.