Shaz missing the Hoff

Sharon Osbourne misses working with David Hasselhoff on ‘America’s Got Talent’.

The reality TV star – who is one of the celebrity judges on the US variety contest show – admits she was sad when the former ‘Baywatch’ star left the programme last year, but is thrilled with his “funny” replacement, comedian Howie Mandel.

She said: “I miss David Hasselhoff, who brought a lot of heart to the show, but Howie is unbelievably quick and funny.”

While she enjoys Howie’s wit, the 57-year-old star struggles to cope with her new colleague’s phobia of germs, and hopes to use this to her advantage.

She quipped: “On the first day I sneezed and he literally ran 50 feet. Now, if he goes on and on talking, I threaten to lick his face and that makes him stop. I love to get a reaction from him.”

Sharon – who also works with former newspaper editor Piers Morgan on the panel – also adores how the show can change contestants’ lives.

She added to What’s On TV: “It’s great to see the contestants totally change their lives. It’s an amazing feeling to help someone go to a better place and fulfil their dreams.”

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