"Contractual difficulties" mean the fly-on-the-wall look into the lives of Ozzy and his family will be delayed...

The much heralded fly-on-the-wall TV show ‘THE OSBOURNES’ has been pulled from the UK schedules just days before its premiere.

MTV has announced that the programme, a huge ratings hit in the US following the lives of Ozzy Osbourne and his family, has been put back because of “contractual difficulties”. It was due to air on Sunday (May 19).

According to guardianunlimited.com, the problem is over fees the former Black Sabbath frontman has been demanding for a second series. Negotiations are said to have now entered a third week with Osbourne demanding £15million for the series, to be set in his Buckinghamshire mansion.

“Due to contractual issues that have yet to be resolved, we are not going to be launching ‘The Osbournes’ on MTV this weekend,” a spokesperson for the pay TV channel said, adding “The show will be getting it’s UK premiere on MTV in the next couple of weeks,” she added.

MTV could not be reached for further comment this afternoon.

The channel has taken out an unprecedented amount of advertising for the show, and Osbourne himself has been on a furious publicity drive appearing on a number of high profile chat shows in the UK.