Ozzy Osbourne fans were left scratching their heads after NBC barely aired the rocker’s NFL halftime show Thursday.
When sportscaster Maria Taylor introduced the performance, the 73-year-old singer was already in the middle of a new song from his latest album, “Patient Number 9.”
The network then gave a glimpse of 10 seconds of Osbourne on stage before cutting back to Taylor and her colleagues.
Although the rest of the former Black Sabbath frontman’s performance did not air, fan videos circulating online show that he sang his hit “Crazy Train” while sportscasters discussed the Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills game.
“NBC thinking we’d rather hear a 1st half recap than Ozzy Osbourne’s performance is… puzzling,” one Twitter user wrote of the choice, while others called it “blasphemous” and “trash.”
Another viewer wrote, “As usual NBC finds a way to f–k up a sports broadcast. Ozzy Osbourne is performing? Let’s put our on-air personalities on the screen to yell about what we all just watched.”
The performance marked Osbourne’s second time on stage since undergoing “life-altering” surgery in June.
The Grammy winner, who previously performed at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in August, recently said in a rare interview on “Good Morning America” that his health has “improved” since the procedure.
“I have to negotiate everywhere I want to go, and I tire easily, but I’m well,” he said Wednesday. “My family have been absolutely wonderful while I’ve been laid up.”
Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, jokingly referred to him as a “pain in the butt.”
Last month, the couple expressed their desire to move back to the United Kingdom, noting that their decision has nothing to do with the musician’s health struggles.
The pair cited “f–king ridiculous” gun violence in an Observer interview (via Bloomberg), with Ozzy saying, “I don’t want to die in America.
“I don’t want to be buried in f–king Forest Lawn,” he added. “I’m English. I want to be back.”
The outlet reported that the couple, who wed in 1982, are going to move to their 120-year-old property, Welders House, in Buckinghamshire.
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