Sharon Osbourne has missed an important appointment to tape test shows with celebrity guests for her troubled chat programme THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW.

The mum of three was supposed to be at the Los Angeles studio on Monday (4AUG03) - but rang in sick from England on Saturday (2AUG03), telling bosses she would not be in all week.

Even though guests and audiences had been booked, Sharon decided she would get in on Friday (8AUG03) and Saturday (9AUG03).

Sharon's show is set to debut on 15 September (03) but has been beset with problems - booking celebrity guests has proved difficult, with SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS being the biggest name attracted to the vehicle.

An insider says, "Sharon is a smart, tough businesswoman. She thought her experience with TELEPICTURES would be the same as the one she had with MTV, where they let her do whatever she wanted. Things are not going well."

However, Telepictures president JIM PARATORE insists, "Our relationship with Sharon has been and continues to be terrific.

"Sharon went to London to see (daughter) KELLY perform, something that had been the plan for a long time. She got an ear infection and the doctors told her not to fly. Because we're in good shape it wasn't a big deal."

08/08/2003 17:18