New dad Jack Osbourne was greeted with a thunderous chorus of applause upon his arrival at “The Talk” on Wednesday, just days after going public with his multiple sclerosis battle.
“You guys are acting like I have MS or something,” the reality star joked as he sat down next to his mother, “Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne.
“Everyone wants to know how you’re doing,” said Julie Chen.
“Honestly, I’m fine… Ultimately, that’s the toughest thing with this disease that I’m learning. One minute you can be fine, and like, the next, you know, I went blind in my right eye. It’s a completely unpredictable disease,” explained Osbourne, who disclosed that he had regained nearly 80% of his vision since being diagnosed.
“I guess I’ve been having symptoms for the past three or four years and not realized… I had problems with my bladder, problems with my stomach, and then, about two years ago, my legs when numb for like, two months. I just thought I had pinched a nerve,” said Osbourne.
On Monday’s Show, Sharon Broke Down While Discussing Jack’s Diagnosis:
Regarding how he figured out something was wrong, Osbourne explained that he had initially mistaken his visual impairment for signs of a migraine. “I’d done some scuba diving on the show [Nat Geo Wild's "Alpha Dogs"] and the next day, I went to a movie, and then, after the film, I got a black spot in my eye… The next day, I woke up and the black spot had turned into a black cigar shape, and then I figured it must still be a migraine, and the next day, I had lost most of my center vision, and the next day, I was more or less completely blind out of that eye.” It wasn’t until his fiancé, Lisa Stelly, looked up his symptoms, that he began to worry.
Osbourne, who became a first-time father in late April, says that parenthood has helped him deal with his life-changing medical news. “It’s been really good though, because I haven’t been able to sit around… I’ve got to change diapers and stop a baby from crying.”
“I think me and Jack are doing better than everyone else,” added Stelly, who joined the group later in the show. “We’re just really trying to stay positive and, like he said, we don’t really have that much time to be sad because we’ve got diapers to change and a little girl to look at and smile at. We’ve been having a lot of fun and he’s going to be OK.”
While Osbourne says he’s currently managing his condition with a combination of prescription medications and alternative therapies, and still starring on both “Alpha Dogs” and SyFy’s upcoming “Haunted Highway,” not everyone had faith in his ability to continue working.
“I had just booked a job when I got diagnosed and, unfortunately, the company that hired me didn’t think I could actually perform the job. Out of everything, that’s what ticked me off the most,” said Osbourne. “Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do.”