Both the live shows of America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent have felt a little weird without any appearances from Simon Cowell this season. After his electric bike accident, Simon has been taking time to recover at his Malibu home. While we initially thought he would at least appear at the finales of the shows, sources are saying otherwise.
Simon Cowell’s Injuries Might Keep Him From Appearing On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Simon first fell off of his electric bike back in early August. He broke his back in three places and underwent a six-hour surgery to have a metal rod placed. At first, sources close to Simon were saying that he was already up and moving and back to business as usual right away. We even suspected that he would go back to filming America’s Got Talent in a wheelchair or virtually. However, his appearance on the show has still yet to come as we head into the finale. “The injuries are much more dramatic than anyone has been saying,” a source close to Simon said. “Simon is in a lot of pain, and at 60 years of age, recovering from something as horrific as breaking your back takes a long time.”
The source went on to say that because Simon never officially made an announcement about his return to America’s Got Talent, it shows you that he still has a long recovery process ahead of him. “He created this show, and it is more important to him than anything else in his career,” the source said. “It is a multi-million-dollar global franchise he created and owns. If the shows were taped, he would have tried to make it as a judge, but he can’t risk it on a live show in his current state.” Simon has also reportedly been using a walker to walk around at home. In case you missed all of the details of Simon’s bike accident, we got you covered. Check out the special video below where we talk about what really happened to Simon and detail his surgery and recovery process.
Simon’s ‘BGT’ Return Is Also Up In The Air
Britain’s Got Talent just began filming its live shows last week without Simon. They brought in ‘BGT’ winner Ashley Banjo to take Simon’s spot on the judging panel. Amanda Holden who has worked closely with Simon for many years was promoted to head judge. “I honestly panicked it could be fatal,” she said when she first heard the news of the accident. “It was gut-wrenching. I got a text in the night. I couldn’t sleep after. I felt physically sick as I didn’t know how bad it was. I didn’t know what was going on.”
But Amanda has hope that Simon will make his return to Britain’s Got Talent this season in one way or another. “If I was a betting woman, I would say he will be back for the final in some form because I don’t think he could bear to miss it,” she said. Still, this has not been confirmed by ITV. “But at the moment we are acting like he’s not coming and doing the best we can without him.” A source close to ITV had quite a different outlook on the matter saying “He will not return to the panel in time for the final. He’s obviously a massive loss but we are happy with the very talented judging panel.”
Simon Cowell Might Have Downplayed His Injuries To Get Good Ratings On ‘AGT’
The ratings for America’s Got Talent this season have not necessarily been the best. They have been on a steady decline throughout the season and Simon’s accident didn’t necessarily help that. Perhaps Simon figured that being coy about his injuries would give fans hope that he would return to the show. This would keep them tuning in waiting for his surprise appearance. Flat out saying his injuries are extremely serious would cause some people to write the show off completely, as he is one of the main reasons people tune in each week. But, they have still been waiting patiently because as we mentioned before, Simon has yet to make an appearance virtually or in person during the live shows.
While we would love to see Simon make his big return to America’s Got Talent or Britain’s Got Talent, his health is a top priority and we just want to see him have a smooth recovery.