Ozzy and Jack's World Detour: Jack Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne travel in reality show
Jack Osbourne grew up on television as one of the stars of The Osbournes, the MTV reality show that followed his rocker dad, Ozzy, and his family. Now after a few years of branching out with his own reality shows, Jack is reuniting on screen with his dad for a different kind of tour. Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour will document the duo’s road trip through history, delving into stories about aliens, cannibalism, and ghosts along the way, with stops ranging from Roswell, New Mexico, to Stonehenge in England.
Ahead of Sunday’s premiere on History, EW has an exclusive clip, above, featuring the Osbourne father and son hanging in Colonial Williamsburg. We talked to Jack about his love of travel, enjoying the small moments with his dad, and the moment on the trip that had Ozzy worried.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve done a number of reality shows over the years; what was it about this particular show that drew you in?
JACK OSBOURNE: A colleague of mine emailed me kind of out of the blue and was like, “Hey, what do you think about doing a history show or some kind of show with your dad?” And my first thought was that it’s never really crossed my mind to do anything with my dad again. I was like, Well listen, I’ll ask him, and ultimately the decision is going to lie with him. And I forgot about it. Then six weeks later I was in a car with my dad, and it just popped into my head, and I was like, “Hey, would you ever do anything like that?” And he kind of thought about it for a second and was like, “Yeah that actually sounds like it could be some fun.” So it just kind of came from a very casual conversation, and he was intrigued and kind of was into it, and it just blossomed from there.
So it didn’t take much convincing even after he found out this would be a slightly less glamorous tour than he’s use to?
It was actually very much his suggestion from the point of a creative discussion to when that becomes a reality. You know when it hit him, it kind of changed a little bit. But initially he was all about just going down and dirty, and not having a huge crew, and wanting it really just be bare-bones. And I was like, “Alright, listen that’s how I like to make TV, and I’m on board, don’t got to twist my arm.” But then when he’s staying in a Holiday Inn in the middle of Roswell, New Mexico, I think he was probably going, “What the hell am I doing?”
How did you pick the locations that you traveled to? Was this kind of your own personal dream list?
It was a combination of the production team, my dad, and I sitting around kind of throwing out ideas and places. And it’s very much in the vein of a bucket-list type show. We go to the places you’ve always wanted to go, but you’ve always flown over. It kind of blossomed from that, and then you do a bit of scouring on the internet to see what else is in the general vicinity of these main attractions, and it just kind of grows. And a lot of it was my dad wanting to go to certain places and see some things. It was very collaborative in that sense, and ultimately the buck stops with our team at the network, and they either yaa or nay places. For the most part, everyone was in complete unison in the direction that we were going.
The premiere takes you to Virgina to visit Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. What was it about those locations that appealed to you?
For me, I’m really fascinated by the people that do all the re-creation and reenactment stuff. And so I heard about Colonial Williamsburg, which is a town run and operated like it’s 1770, so I was like we kind of have to go there, and it just somehow happened to be right down the street from Jamestown, which is fascinating within itself because it’s basically the birth of the United States and also with the British Empire, so there’s a good crossover.
What were some of your most memorable stops along the way?
As far as favorite stops, I loved going to Cuba. It was amazing. We went there in January, like right before the American thumbs up occurred. So I’m sure it’s going to change in the coming years. It’s kind of inevitable, but it was cool to see it kind of how it’s been and experience it. We only stayed in Havana; we didn’t really travel outside of the city, but it’s such an amazing city, and I just loved going there. Also, randomly one of my favorites cities was Rapid City, South Dakota. It was totally awesome. It reminded me of Portland like 10 years ago. There’s all these mom-and-pop restaurants with really great food, and there’s tons to do around Rapid City in terms of attractions because you’ve got the Badlands, you’ve got Rushmore, you’ve got Deadwood, and tons of history there, so I really dug that place. My absolute favorite episode in the series is the Roswell episode, where we go to New Mexico. It is by far some of the funniest TV that I’ve ever been a part of, which isn’t really saying much [laughs]. Listen, if people don’t love the first two episodes, stick around for the New Mexico episode, because it’s painfully funny.
What other international places did you go to?
We went to Japan, and then we went to England. England’s not a huge stretch for us [laughs]. So we went to Stonehenge and Bletchley Park, where the Enigma machine was cracked. We went on a bit of a medieval quest in England.
Any places you didn’t hit that you’d like to in possible future seasons?
We really were pushing to do a New Orleans episode. We wanted to do something in Central America, to go to Belize and go check out all these Mayan ruins. For the most part, everywhere that we kind of researched and suggested, we got to go to. There was very little kind of shutdown from History, which was totally awesome. Working in TV for 15 years now, I’m not use to working with such a collaborative team at a channel.
Growing up, you obviously traveled a lot with your dad’s tours, but did you ever do historical trips like this? Or was there not much time for that?
We talk about it a lot on the show and even him to this day, he would go from hotel to venue, and that’s kind of the way we would travel on tour with him. So as a kid, we wouldn’t really go check out too much. As an adult after I finished The Osbournes, I had a show in England for five years called Adrenaline Junkie, and I basically traveled the world for five years straight. You name it, and I’ve probably been there and done something stupid, so I love to travel. I have this weird thing where I constantly feel like I’m wasting time, but I feel like when I’m traveling I’m not really wasting time.
In the second episode, you head to the Alamo; your dad seems nervous about returning to the site of his infamous incident there many years ago. What was that experience like?
It was actually much worse, so much so that we had to chop a bunch of things down in the edit just, because it was really quite charged. There were a lot of people there, we weren’t expecting it to turn into what it did. The city of San Antonio was great with allowing us the access, but in the same boat they totally threw us under the bus, like announcing at a city council meeting that we were coming. We remained relatively under the radar doing this show and going to San Antonio and having that happen was just like, “Oh, man.” My dad is great with crowds, and he’s great with all that when it’s in his setting, but he was a musician in the ’80s when there was a lot of aggression toward what he does, and he always worries, Is there that one lunatic in the crowd? So I think that just made him really uneasy.
There was a crew with you, but what was it like kind of traveling the world just you and your dad?
It’s not very often a 30-year-old man gets to spend this much time with his father this late in the game and do so many things… We sat in a parking lot of a Home Depot in rural Virginia, eating Chick-fil-A as one of his songs came on, and it’s probably one of the things that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It’s more of those little tiny things that have really stood out.
Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on History.