Feisty Sharon Osbourne got her own back on one critic who has slammed her family's hit reality show and her mothering skills by inviting him onto her daily chat show.

TV GUIDE writer STEVE CARBARENO took up an invite to appear on THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW today (02DEC03), and listened as the host hit back, claiming her family was "normal" and "dysfunctional".

But Carbareno told Osbourne, "I do think on occasions there were probably viewers that were watching and saying they're so out there that it makes us look conventional and we're doing a good job."

Carbareno also lashed out at Osbourne's husband Ozzy for his irresponsible behaviour around his kids.

Osbourne then introduced Carbareno to her longtime assistant Melinda, who told the TV Guide journalist, "You're really mean... You don't see what goes on in the house all of the time."

02/12/2003 21:07