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Jack Osbourne 'fired' for having MS

Jack Osbourne 'fired' for having MS

Mon June 25, 2012 5:47pm

The new father claims he was fired from a reality TV show after producers learnt of his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.

Jack Osbourne's Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, revealed last week, shocked his fans to the core.

The autoimmune disease has already badly affected the TV personality's eyesight - but it has affected other parts of his life, too.

Describing how he was fired from a contract after a new employer learnt of the diagnosis, Jack, 26, told The Talk: "I had just booked a job right when I got diagnosed and unfortunately the company that hired me didn't think I could actually perform the job.

"Out of everything, that's what ticked me off the most, because it's like, 'Don't tell me what I can and cannot do!'"

The Sun reports that the role was part of new CBS reality show, Stars Earn Stripes, pitching celebrities against one another in Army-style military fitness drills. Sources say the star - who maintains he received the axe via an email from lawyers - may not have been up to the physical exertion.

Jack's mother and The Talk host, Sharon Osbourne, said on the show that producers believed he may have posed "too much of a responsibility" given his illness.

According to celebrity news agency WENN, a disappointed Jack tweeted on Thursday: "Yes @MrJacko was fired. They said he was a liability & were so personable, sent an email to let us know."

Sight in one of Jack's eyes has returned to "about 80 per cent" after temporary blindness caused by the condition, which effects the brain and spinal cord. He told The Talk that experts "don't know if it will ever improve beyond that, but everyone's different."

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