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Ozzy Osbourne on Ex-Black Sabbath Drummer's Apology Demand: 'Stop Playing the Victim'

Billboard logo Billboard 4/17/2015 Katie Atkinson
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Bill Ward got a response out of Ozzy Osbourne after his lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, but it certainly wasn't an apology.

The original Black Sabbath drummer posted nearly 700 words about his beef with the band and demanded an apology from Osbourne. The frontman shot back Thursday (April 16) with his own Facebook post, questioning many of Ward's claims and telling his side of the ongoing saga.

"Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans," Osbourne concluded the post. "Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand."

Read the full post below:

I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly.

Wow Bill,

What the f--- are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath’s “13” album and tour-- physically, you knew you were f------. Tony, Geezer and myself didn’t think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony’s condition we felt that time was not on our side.

Bill, stop this smokescreen about an “unsignable contract” and let’s be honest. Deep down inside you knew you weren’t capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you’ve only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.

Bill, we go back a long way, let’s stop this now before it gets out of hand.

God bless you.

Love.

Ozzy

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