Sharon Osbourne, Jay Leno affair revealed
Sharon Osbourne photographed at the Helmut Newton at Annenberg Space for Photography, June 27, 2013 in Century City, Calif.Photo: Image by Mark Sullivan/Getty Images
Sharon Osbourne is used to talking on television. After all, five days a week she's one of the co-hosts of a daytime gabfest called "The Talk." But she's also good at keeping secrets, like the one she revealed on Monday's episode, during a segment titled, naturally, "Big Secret."
The 60-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne told her co-hosts, studio audience and viewers at home about a fling she had in the late '70s with another TV talker: "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno.
"It's not like it's a dirty little secret," she said with a bit of trepidation, notes USA Today. "When I was 25, I just moved to America. I didn't know many people. I had met [Ozzy], but we weren't together. We were just friends. I didn't have a boyfriend. I never did date a lot at that time, anyway, because I was not very dateable."
Osbourne explained that a friend took her to a club where she worked and she watched Leno perform his comedy routine. She says she thought Leno was "very nice, very funny" and told her friend she liked him. She and her friend would place several prank phone calls to the future TV star.
"He liked my voice," Osbourne said, noting that the calls continued, after which, "one thing led to another. He came to my house and met me and then we had a little fling. The fling was more fling for me and not fling enough for him. The future Mrs. Osbourne characterized the affair as more of a "flingy-wingy."
Osbourne explained that Leno, now 63, soon introduced her to Mavis, the woman he would marry in 1980, and to whom he remains married. "They were so kind to me and continued the friendship over the years," she said.
Asked about the more intimate details of the brief "flingy-wingy" (as in: if the sex was any good), Osbourne said, "It was so long ago!"
Leno hasn't made any comment on the revelation thus far. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were married in 1982 and have three children.