Was Sharon Osbourne fired from 'X Factor' after telling Howard Stern contestants 'suck' and she'd like to 'drown' Simon Cowell?

An expletive-laced interview with Howard Stern may have cost Sharon Osbourne one of her biggest gigs.

Osbourne says it was her choice not to return next season to Britain's "The X Factor," the long-running reality show spearheaded by Simon Cowell.

But British tabloids say otherwise, with emerging reports claiming that Osbourne is not going by choice. She was instead allegedly ousted after making candid comments on Stern's SiriusXM program a few weeks ago.

Stern -- a veteran reality show judge in his own right after spending four seasons on "America's Got Talent" -- asked Osbourne on his Sept. 4 episode why she only signed on to judge the live shows and not the early auditions.

In response, Osbourne said, "Oh f--k, I don't have to have those kids singing in my face. Those little sh-ts. They all suck. It is like, 'Hey, is this f--king karaoke or what?'"

She also referred to Cowell as a "f--king pain in the arse" who will do anything to get his "f--king fat face on TV" and said that if she were on a sinking boat, she'd drown him. Aware of the harshness of her comments, she jokingly asked Stern, "Are you giving me a job when I get the f--king sack?"

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: Sharon Osbourne attends the X Factor Auditions on June 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Huckle/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Sharon Osbourne arrives for X Factor auditions at Wembley Arena on July 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 23: Sharon Osbourne attends the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 23rd Annual Gala Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 12: Sharon Osbourne attends the Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor special announcement at the Hollywood Palladium on May 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Ozzfest and Knotfest are joining together for a weekend of music September 24th and 25th in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TV Personality Sharon Osbourne attends the press room for the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 12: Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne attend the Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor special announcement press conference on May 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: TV Personality Sharon Osbourne attends the 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 21: Actor Joel Kinnaman discusses his television series on 'The Talk,' Friday, April 22, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Carnie Wilson, Sara Gilbert, Joel Kinnaman, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen, shown. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Oscar-winning actress Sally Field discusses her new film, Hello My Name Is Doris on The Talk Thursday, April 14, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sally Field, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen, shown. (Photo by Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: TV Personality Sharon Osbourne attends the ceremony to honor Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein each with a Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on April 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Singer Cyndi Lauper(L) and and Sharon Osbourne attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame double star ceremony honoring Lauper and actor Harvey Fierstein in Hollywood, California, on April 11, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 12: TV personality Sharon Osbourne speaks onstage during the Family Equality Council Impact Awards on March 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Sharon Osbourne is seen out and about on January 08, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael King/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Sharon Osbourne poses in the press room at the 2016 People's Choice Awards at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Sharon Osbourne poses on the press room at the 2016 People's Choice Awards at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: (L-R) TV personalities Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Sheryl Underwood accept Favorite Daytime Talk Show Hosting Team for 'The Talk' onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler of CBS' 'The Talk' ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 7: The ladies of The Talk in New York on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler, shown. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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Despite speculation that the comments in fact got her the sack, both Osbourne and "The X Factor" put out statements this week saying the exit was her decision.

“After watching the new season ‘The X Factor’ unfold, I’ve seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly. Simon was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows, but at this point, I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point," Osbourne said. "So I have decided to pass on the series this year. I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season."

An "X Factor" spokesperson seemingly confirmed Osbourne's version of events, saying, "Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year’s show. Sharon will always be a big part of ‘The X Factor’ family and we wish her all the best for the future.”

Osbourne first appeared on "The X Factor" in 2004 and left the show in 2008. She then returned in 2013, and she signed a three-year deal in 2016.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Sharon, Aimee and Ozzy Osbourne (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1984: British rocker Ozzy Osbourne wife Sharon and daughter Aimee. (Photo by David McGough/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sharon Osbourne, the wife of rock singer Ozzy Osbourne, at desk, looking over scrapbook of her husband's clippings at home. (Photo by Terry Smith/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
(L-R) Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne and fiance, Sharon Arden. (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne at home with his family, early 1990's. From left to right, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Amme Osbourne. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
381053 05: Singer Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Arden pose for photographers at the premiere of New Line's 'Little Nicky' November 2, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 2: (L-R) Jack Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne attend the premiere of 'Little Nicky' on November 2, 2000 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne & Jack Osbourne during 2002 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
KROCK DJ and Sharon Osbourne during KROCK 92.3 FM Radio New York - Dysfunctional Family Picnic VI - Show at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne during The Osbourne Family Visits MTV's 'TRL' - March 17, 2002 at MTV Studios -Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Musician Ozzy Osbourne (3R) and family, incl. wife Sharon (2L), daughter Kelly (C) and son Jack (R). (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 2: (L-R) Jack Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne attend the premiere of 'Little Nicky' on November 2, 2000 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Kelly, Sharon and Jack Osbourne (l. to r.) are on hand for a pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis in the Grand Ballroom of the Regent Wall St. Hotel. The bash celebrated the return of the Grammy Awards to New York City for the first time since 1998. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 1703' - It was Hollywood night on 'Dancing with the Stars,' as 11 remaining couples took to the ballroom floor, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. Featuring a spectacular opening number with the entire cast, each couple took on a dance style that they had not previously performed including the Quickstep, Foxtrot, Charleston, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, JACK OSBOURNE, SHARON OSBOURNE, KELLY OSBOURNE
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Kimberly Stewart (left), the daughter of rocker Rod Stewart, gets together with Kelly (center) and Sharon Osbourne, while Jack Osbourne stands in the background, during a pre-Grammy party in the Grand Ballroom of the Regent Wall St. Hotel. The bash celebrated the return of the Grammy Awards to New York City for the first time since 1998. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
398992 08: ***EXCLUSIVE*** (ITALY OUT) Sharon Osbourne, the wife and manager of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, leaves a hotel with her family December 24, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
(L-R) TV Personality Sharon Osbourne, actress Leah Remini, Kelly Osbourne and TV Personality Kim Kardashian attend the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
Kelly and Sharon Osbourne arrive at An Evening With Women: Celebrating Art, Music, & Equality at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: DANCING WITH THE STARS - KELLY OSBOURNE & LOUIS VAN AMSTEL -- A singer, actress and media personality, Kelly Osbourne's father is rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, and her mother is well-known TV personality Sharon Osbourne. Kelly got her start at the age of 16 in the first-ever 'celebrity reality' TV show, 'The Osbournes,' with her famous family, which garnered an Emmy Award (r) for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002. That same year, Kelly released her debut music album, 'Shut Up!,' which included a cover of Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach.' Her second album, 'Sleeping in Nothing,' was released in 2005 with its first single, 'One Word,' hitting No. 1 on all three Billboard Dance charts simultaneously. She made her dramatic acting debut in a starring role on the ABC series 'Life As We Know It'. In recent years Osbourne has worked primarily in the UK, where she's done theatre (including a successful run in 'Chicago' in London's West End in 2007), hosted her own weekly radio show on BBC Radio and presented numerous UK TV projects, including 'Project Catwalk,' the UK's version of 'Project Runway.' She teams up with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his fifth season. An all new cast of celebrities hits the dance floor on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' with the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Harper Smith/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 901A' - An all new cast of celebrities hit the dance floor on Monday night during the season premiere of ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars.' The next night, the women burned up the dance floor with their individual and group performances, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Adam Larkey/ABC via Getty Images) KELLY OSBOURNE, OZZY OSBOURNE, SHARON OSBOURNE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 24: Kelly Osbourne (L) and Sharon Osbourne arrive to 'An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality' presented by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) TV personality Sharon Osbourne, husband recording artist Ozzy Osbourne, son Jack Osbourne and daughter-in-law Lisa Osbourne arrive at Brent Shapiro Foundation For Alcohol And Drug Awareness' Annual 'Summer Spectacular Under The Stars' - Arrivals on September 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne, Gregg Donovan, 'Ambassador of Beverly Hills,' and Ozzy Osbourne (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
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