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Ozzy Osbourne Apologizes for Controversial Remarks on 9/11 Attacks

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Ozzy Osbourne has offered an apology for controversial comments the Black Sabbath singer made about the 9/11 attacks. In a recent interview, Ozzy shared that he was actually in New York City when the tragedy took place, adding that he felt “excited” and that the chaos was “my kind of craziness.”

Ozzy’s 9/11 remarks were made during an interview with Shortlist. After being asked if he was frightened while the attacks plagued New York City, Ozzy responded, “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.”

Ozzy continues, “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.”

The quote was later picked up by the Daily Mail’s online news hub, the Mail Online. In Ozzy’s apology, the Prince of Darkness claims he never spoke to the Mail Online (the website doesn’t claim to have spoken with Ozzy for this story) and that his representatives asked the Mail Online to take down their article:

Firstly, I never spoke to ‘The Mail Online.’ Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create ‘The Mail Online’ story [about 9-11]. I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. 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.

My representatives have asked ‘The Mail Online’ to pull the piece, but 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.

Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you.

In other Black Sabbath news, Ozzy recently dropped some exciting info on the band’s future plans. According to the singer, Black Sabbath will cap off their legendary career with one more album and a final tour.

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