Simon Cowell of ‘AGT’ backs up after falling off an e-bike

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MALIBU, Calif. — Simon Cowell broke his back Saturday while testing his new electric bike at home.

The 60-year-old entertainment mogul broke his back in multiple places while trying out his family bike in the backyard of his Malibu home, Syco Entertainment confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement provided by Ann-Marie Thomson.

Cowell was taken to hospital where he underwent six hours of surgery overnight, including placing a metal rod in his back.

He is under observation and is doing well, according to the statement. NBC said Cowell will not appear in the first live episodes of “America’s Got Talent” this season, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Despite the ordeal, Cowell mustered the strength to post a “huge thank you” to the doctors and nurses caring for him. Cowell, known for his tangy comments about the candidates, also shared some advice.

“If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before using it for the first time,” he said. tweeted Sunday night.

Fellow judges Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara shared photos on Instagram from the socially distanced “America’s Got Talent” set, pointing to the empty seat intended for Cowell.

“We miss our boss!! Come back soon simoncowell!!” writes Vergara.

“Wishing you a speedy recovery @simoncowell,” Klum wrote.

Klum screamed in an Instagram Stories video she shot while approaching Cowell’s trailer. “I just wanted to tell you that I miss you, Simon,” she said.

Cowell has been quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their young son Eric, 6.

“We watch movies at night, play games together, read books, comics, everything,” he told People in May.

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Cowell, the creator of “America’s Got Talent,” serves as a judge on the show. He was also a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent”, “The X Factor” and “American Idol”.

“America’s Got Talent” returned to production in June, taping a socially distanced Judge Cuts episode outside that aired July 28.

“As bad as it is, you still have to find a way to get back to work,” Cowell told USA TODAY via email in June. “I have sympathy for so many people in this situation, but if our show is any example, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s different, but I hope it’s still as popular as ever. “

He expressed satisfaction with the resulting episode.

“It was surreal, like being in a movie,” Cowell wrote. “As we drive around the pitch everyone is walking around with masks on and we walk into this room and we’re told what we can do, what we can’t do and I think it’s going to be a tough day. But there was this real buzz of excitement that we were all back together.”

“AGT” returns on August 11 (NBC, Tuesday, 8 EDT/PDT) with the top 11 of 44 quarterfinalists.

Contributor: Associated Press; Gary Levin

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