Back when Keeping Up With the Kardashians was a glimmer in Kris Jenner's eye, another matriarch was already blazing a trail for reality TV – Sharon Osbourne.
Determined to turn her dysfunctional family into stars, she secured a deal with MTV and it was on this exact day 18 years ago that The Osbournes made its explosive debut.
From 'recovering drug addict' Ozzy lumbering and slurring his way around the house, to Jack and Kelly's fights and Sharon's heartbreaking cancer battle, the show was packed with humour, warmth and a lot of chaos.
But behind the scenes, not everything was as it looked on screen. From hidden siblings to 'adopted' sons and the truth about Ozzy's 'sobriety', Mirror Online exposes the secrets of The Osbournes set…
Contrary to popular belief, there aren't just two Osbourne kids – there are three.
While Kelly and Jack were happy to take centre stage, their big sister Aimee wouldn't have a bar of it and moved out of the family home aged just 16 when she found out the cameras were coming.
She also banned her visits from being filmed, and Sharon, 67, later admitted the situation put a distance between them.
“I know that my eldest girl couldn’t live in our house because we were filming and it drove her insane," Sharon told her US talk show, The View.
"She felt, too, that she didn’t want to grow up on camera. She hated the idea, it was appalling to her. And so she left at 16 and I regret every day that she did.”
Despite not wanting to be in the spotlight, Aimee is now a singer and actress and recently told NYLON magazine she was simply too young to cope with her life being so exposed.
"It was just not my aspiration. Everywhere you went people wanted to know everything, and that when you’re growing up that can be kind of intimidating," she said.
"The idea of kind of letting it all out there at that point, at around fifteen… Nobody at fifteen wants anybody to see how goofy their parents are."
Aimee and Sharon remain close and are often spotted enjoying girls' shopping trips. But as for her younger siblings, there is no love lost.
"I wouldn't say there is an ease between us," Aimee once said of her strained relationship with Kelly, 35, and Jack, 34.
"But there is an acceptance. Do we socialize? No."
Ozzy faked his recovery
One of the show's main plot lines involved Ozzy trying to undo years of hard partying by eating well and running on a treadmill.
But it turned out it was all a big lie and the Black Sabbath rocker was actually off his face throughout all three series.
Ozzy previously revealed: "When the filming ended, I'd go in my little bunker and smoke a pipe and drink about a case of beer every day.
"I'd give myself some goodness and get up early in the morning and go jogging for six miles."
Distraught over Sharon's bowel cancer diagnosis in series two, the 71 year old was also taking a raft of prescription medication
Ozzy had admitted he can't bring himself to watch the show back because of the state he was in.
"I was wiped out on pills," he admitted to the Los Angeles Times.
"I couldn't talk. I couldn't walk. I could barely stand up. I was lumbering about like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It got to the point where I was scared to close my eyes at night – afraid I might not wake up."
Kelly also had a pill problem
Unbeknown to her family, Kelly first started abusing prescription painkiller Vicodin after being prescribed it for tonsillitis when she was just 13.
At one point, the teenager was popping 100 pills a day and throwing up blood, and later explained her addiction was to blame for the screaming matches she had on the show.
Kelly was rushed to rehab for the first time of many in 2004 and at one point a desperate Sharon resorted to locking her in a padded cell.
“I’ve been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions," Kelly previously told Cosmopolitan magazine.
"My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me, but like a brat I just sat it out until she said, ‘Well, that’s not going to work.'
“But what I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to. Until you want to be a good person, you will never be one.”
And so did Jack
Series two saw Jack finally come clean about his own demons and enter a rehab facility for an addiction to opioid painkiller OxyContin.
The 17 year old – who was also relying on cannabis and booze – told the camera crew: "I want to be in control of my life. I was really loaded, and I just sat on my mum's bed, and I just said, 'I am going to go pack my bags… I'm ready to go. I want to go; I need to go.'"
Jack did manage to get clean and celebrated 16 years of sobriety last April.
The mystery of Robert Marcato
The Osbourne's took Kelly's friend Robert in when his mum died from colon cancer and pledged to raise him as their own.
"He wants to go to drama school, and we're sending him to the best drama school we can find," Sharon told the Post at the time.
"Right now, he wants to stay home in LA because he's a bit insecure because he doesn't have any family."
"We want to get him secure here, then we're going to take our time to pick the best college for him. We're moving him in as part of the family."
But he disappeared from the show after just one series and his aunt Russelle Marcato claimed he'd spent time in a psychiatric ward before ended up jobless, fighting depression and living in his father's garage in Rhode Island.
“With his mom’s death, he had emotional problems. Hers was a very violent death, with hours of screaming from pain," Russelle told US publication Page 2.1.
“A year ago, he was taken to the UCLA psych ward for a week. The following week, (the Osbournes) got him out of town. He hasn’t heard from them since.”
In retaliation, Sharon said: “We are very proud to have helped him through a difficult time in his life and find comfort in knowing that he is now surrounded by his own family.”
Sharon's surgery lies
Girlfriend is no stranger to a procedure or two and proudly declared on the Graham Norton Show that nothing was more painful than "having my vagina tightened."
"Oh, it was just excruciating," she insisted.
But it later transpired that she'd made the whole thing up.
Why? Just for kicks, apparently.
She told shock jock Howard Stern: "[It was a] flippant, stupid thing to be silly.
"I swear on my children's lives I made it up — just to be flippant. How could I do that after I've had so much like, ill health?
"Now I'm going to start putting scaffolding up my vagina?" quipped the star who beat colon cancer and underwent a preventative double mastectomy.
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