Simon Cowell broke his back on Saturday afternoon while testing his e-bike in Malibu, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
The English record executive and host of America’s Got Talent is being treated in hospital and was due to undergo surgery.
“Simon fell off his bike on Saturday afternoon while testing his new electric bike in the yard of his Malibu home with his family,” a Cowell spokesperson said. THR. “He injured his back and was taken to hospital. He is fine, he is under observation and he is in good hands.
In follow-up correspondence, the spokesperson said THR, “Simon has broken his back and is going to have surgery tonight.”
Sources say Cowell will not be participating in live broadcasts this Tuesday and Wednesday from America has talent.
Cowell tweeted about his condition on Sunday evening, writing that he had “broken part of [his] back” and sending a “huge thank you to the nurses and doctors” who treated him.
“Some good advice… If you’re buying an electric trail bike, read the manual before riding it for the first time,” Cowell wrote.
Last April, Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, partnered with Shanghai Media Group for a new Chinese talent show, The Magnificent Dancer, based on Syco’s competition series The greatest dancer which launched in the UK in 2019 on BBC One. Two seasons have aired so far.
Late last year, Syco and Fremantle-owned banner Thames signed a new five-year deal with ITV in the UK, ensuring the reality series England has an incredible talent remains on the channel until 2024. During this time, contest series The X Factor returned this year.
August 10, 6:36 a.m.. Updated with tweets from Cowell.
August 9, 2:31 p.m. Updates with Cowell not participating this week AGT bands.
August 8, 9:25 p.m. Updated to reflect Cowell broke his back.