Sharon Osbourne regrets exposing her children KELLY and JACK to worldwide fame at such a young age via the family's reality TV show.

The 52-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne believes three series of the MTV programme have taken their toll on her family and blames the intrusive cameras for her kids' well-documented battle with drug addiction.

And she is relieved the upcoming fourth series will be the final one - despite earning an estimated $190 million (GBP100 million) from the show.

Osbourne, whose other daughter AIMEE refused to partake in the show, explains, "I had no idea of the force I was unleashing.

"We signed up for three shows and I thought we'd get some publicity and then it would go away. But once you have unleashed the genie from the bottle, you can't put it back.

"By the end of filming this last series, we were all ready for the cameras to leave. It gets exhausted being watched every moment of the day and it causes tensions that wouldn't otherwise be there.

"I realise now that while Ozzy and I were able to cope with it, Jack and Kelly didn't know what was going on. They were very young and weren't equipped emotionally. At times it has been painful, at times agonising."

27/02/2005 21:12