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Ozzy Osbourne Insists He Didn’t Mean to Make Light of 9/11

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Ozzy Osbourne is trying to set the record straight after the Mail Online posted a story today saying the Black Sabbath frontman felt “excited” after the 9/11 attacks because it was “my kind of craziness.”

“I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel,” Osbourne says in a new Facebook post. “Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone — that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It’s another life lesson learned.”

Osbourne says the Mail Online quotes were taken out of context from an earlier Q&A, conducted with the Shortlist. His representatives have asked that the Mail Online item be removed but, Osbourne says, “of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant the Mail Online put on the story.”

Here’s the entire Osbourne quote on 9/11, taken from the Shortlist Q&A:

I wasn’t scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, y’know. The day after that happened, there was f—ing nobody in New York. I remember standing on the steps of the hotel, and — you know when you see an old cowboy film and that tumbleweed rolls past on the ground? There was newspapers just floating around on the streets. It was so f—ing weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn’t know if it was an all-out thing or what. But I hope this Isis lot don’t get going. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s in mankind to try to kill each other for one thing or another. And I think sooner or later one of these crazy f—ers is going to get a nuclear weapon or some f—ing thing, and f— a lot of people up. That’s in our nature. I hope it won’t happen, but it looks like it could happen if they get it.

Osbourne’s comments followed his description of meeting former President George W. Bush at a White House correspondent’s dinner in 2002 with his wife Sharon. Bush made a direct reference to his improbable guest that night, welcoming “members of the press, movie stars, TV stars and Ozzy Osbourne.”

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