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Dubliner Marcus Fox was a coordinating producer on the infamous MTV series, which ran from 2002-2005

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Ozzy Osbourne with members of his family, wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack. Photo: Ian West

Ozzy Osbourne with members of his family, wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack. Photo: Ian West

Ozzy Osbourne with members of his family, wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack. Photo: Ian West

An Irish producer who worked on The Osbournes has spoken about the reality show’s rumoured reboot.

Dubliner Marcus Fox was a coordinating producer on the infamous MTV series, which ran from 2002-2005 and followed the domestic life of rockstar Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon, and their kids Jack and Kelly.

The Los Angeles-based producer spoke to Q102 Breakfast about the monumental success of The Osbournes and the show's possible revival.

“We only did three seasons of The Osbournes but it was repeated often over the years because it was really so funny,” Marcus said.

“It was a huge rating grab for MTV, it was their highest rated show ever at the time and they knew that they were onto something good that their audience connected with.

“I believe there’s going to be a reboot sometime soon and you’re going to see the same thing but everyone’s a little bit older.

“Certainly, I know my friends are going to be involved, but I don't know if there is a timeline yet, either way, I'll be there to support them in any way.

Marcus added that he thinks a reboot would be a “huge success.”

“Anyone who saw it remembers it fondly, and will tune in to see where are [they] now. They’re such a dynamic group, everybody is going to be interested to check it out. I think it will be a different show but I’ll certainly be tuning in.

“Jack has his own production company now so I'd imagine Jack will be the driving force on it.”

Marcus also said that the Osbournes’ carefree attitudes made them the perfect subjects for a reality show.

“It worked well for the Osbourne family because they’re an open book,” he explained. “They really don’t give a you know what.”

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“Whether the camera was rolling or not rolling it actually made no difference, they couldn't even tell because we had cameras all over their house.

“As far as they were concerned the cameras were always on. We just tried to stay out of the picture. At the height of it, we were running 24-hour coverage, we'd have a night crew and a day crew, we just sort of kept going.

“The family all work at different times, the kids were growing up as older teens and young adults so they were living the high life, coming in at all hours and getting up late and others were starting early.”


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