LATEST: Wildman rocker Ozzy Osbourne has followed in daughter KELLY's footsteps by leaving his record label EPIC.

Kelly's mother SHARON says the departure of her daughter and husband - who had been with Epic for 23 years - is all tied to Sony boss Tommy Mottola's exit in January (03).

Sharon, who says she negotiated both their exits, explains, "He oversaw everything. We knew what was in store. It's an opportunity to start afresh.

"No one's done anything wrong. After all this time you get used to each other, so it's no longer exciting when a new album is turned in. We want that excitement back."

09/05/2003 10:09