The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003–2004)
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I attended two tapings of the show and she was a great host. She was herself; unique, irreverent, witty and wacky, and that was what was so great about it. The show was a lot like their home, the decor of the set was similar, some of the pieces of furniture were actually borrowed from their home, and she let her dogs wander around the same way that they did on The Osbournes. During the tapings she would swear like mad when she flubbed lines, she was incredibly funny, and she was extremely nice to the audience. She definitely has charisma and appeal.
I think she was funny and compassionate and the show was a good mix of these two qualities. I enjoyed the show so much and so did so many of my friends. Talk shows fail all the time. Many more experienced and successful industry players have tried and failed as well. It takes an entire industry of people to pull off one of these shows and there are so many factors that need to be considered when judging a show's success. IMHO Sharon was possibly at odds with her network or producers, I believe she wanted to be herself, and as with any media personality or politician, there were too many people trying to get her to fit a certain mold, people who perhaps did not have enough faith in her natural ability to shine. I was sorry to see the show go.