NBC Chief Doesn’t Want Osbourne to Leave ‘America’s Got Talent’

Bob Greenblatt says Osbourne tweet about leaving may be "much ado about nothing"

Last Updated: July 24, 2012 @ 6:50 PM

NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the network was taken by surprise when Sharon Osbourne said on Twitter that she's not returning to the show next season — and that he doesn't want her to leave.

Getty Images"I don't know that she's not returning," he told TheWrap at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "I don't really have anything conclusive to say. … I haven't spoken to her or her agents so I'm not sure really where it's coming from. It took us all by surprise."

He later added from the TCA podium that he thought the Osbourne news was probably "much ado about nothing."

Also read: Sharon Osbourne Tweets That She's 'Not Returning' to 'America's Got Talent'

Asked if NBC wanted Osbourne back, he told TheWrap: "Absolutely. We love Sharon."

Osbourne tweeted to new judge Howard Stern on Tuesday, “My darling @howardstern, money is not the reason I’m not returning to @nbcagt, it’s because …”

And with that she trailed off.

Earlier Tuesday, NBC president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy said at TCA that he was pleased with "AGT" and that Stern was welcome to return.

"We'd be delighted if Howard wants to come back," he said.

Osbourne, the show's longest-serving judge, joined in its second season in 2007. This season, she serves on the panel with Howie Mandel as well as Stern.