UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.--You don't know pain until you have to transcribe an Ozzy Osbourne interview conducted at a crammed network party.
Ozzy and family--who headline the upcoming Fox comedy/variety show Osbournes Reloaded--were tucked in the hot corner of My House right off Hollywood Boulevard, around the corner from the famous Chinese Theatre.
I got past Ozzy's burly security dude and slid in the seat next to the dark rock lord. "Greeeaghyyyaaahhh mfpfyaaaaabababa," he said when asked about getting back on the telly.
Much easier to transcribe was wife Sharon, who indicated that the Osbournes will not be guesting on Jay Leno's new 10 p.m. talk show anytime soon.
"F--- Leno!" she said loud and clear. Seems Ozzy and the kids were always guesting with Jay, until, according to Sharon, Ozzy played a set on ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show.
In one of those payback bans you used to hear more about, Tonight apparently boycotted the Osbournes after that.
Fox packed the rambling, multi-level My House hot spot with many other stars from their main network as well as their cable station FX. New American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi held court, as did Bones stars David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor. The House cast made the scene early, with Hugh Laurie polishing off a plate of pasta next to Cuddy, a.k.a. Lisa Edelstein. The 100th episode of House airs Feb. 2 on Fox and Global.
Toronto-native Will Arnett was there with his Arrested Development producer Mitchel Hurwitz to promote their new animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up. Arnett plays a jerk school teacher, as does his Arrested mate Jason Bateman. Former Pushing Daisies costar Khristin Chenoweth (who plays "Miracle Grohe," one of several funny names on the series) was also at the party, as was co-star Cheri Oteri (who voices "Helen Klench," a tightly wound librarian). The series debuts in April and presents animated characters in front of a real background. "We're the only animated series with a location scout," Hurwitz cracked at that afternoon's press session.
Arnett could not be further away in person from AR's edgy jerk GOB. He's thrilled to be a new dad, with young Archie--home with mom Amy Poehler--now three months old.
Also on the party list: Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly (pictured with Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku and Arnett) and 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and FX Rescue Me lead Denis Leary, two hockey players who've had a little luck on TV and film. Leary kept ragging on Sutherland earlier in the day at the Rescue Me cast session. He says Sutherland has "Shit loads of money, just fucking skating, skating in money." Plus he's won an Emmy, something Leary hasn't managed yet. "Fuckingunbelievable. But anyways, I’m not bitter."