Why Isn’t Sofia Vergara Judging ‘AGT: All-Stars’?

Jill O'Rourke
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Sofia Vergara on 'America's Got Talent'Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

America’s Got Talent: All-Stars is set to premiere January 2 on NBC, and you’ve probably noticed that judge Sofia Vergara is absent from the panel. The actress, who has appeared on the past three seasons of AGT, didn’t participate in the spin-off.


Sofia Vergara Won’t Be a Judge on AGT: All-Stars

AGT: All-Stars will feature a three-person judging panel, as Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel return to the show, along with host Terry Crews. Vergara, whose Golden Buzzer act the Mayyas won Season 17 earlier this year, is sitting the spin-off out.

The reason for Vergara’s absence isn’t entirely clear, and different outlets have reported different things. Hello! magazine reported that a reason was not given, while Parade reported that Vergara was busy with an acting job.

Vergara’s IMDb page doesn’t list any upcoming projects other than the Netflix miniseries Griselda, which appears to have wrapped filming earlier this year, before All-Stars was scheduled to tape. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Vergara wasn’t busy with other commitments.


SEE ALSO: THE MAYYAS GAVE SOFIA VERGARA A HEARTFELT GIFT AFTER WINNING ‘AGT’

Some Fans Are Unhappy About Vergara’s Absence

Vergara’s absence from the All-Stars judging panel has not gone unnoticed by fans. Social media posts about the new spin-off include comments from users who wish Vergara was part of the show. As one fan wrote, “If she’s not there then your show is nothing.”

Other commenters have simply asked, “Where’s Sofia?” Another wrote, “Things wouldn’t be the same without her.” A lot of people seem surprised and disappointed that the Modern Family star won’t be present on the judging panel.


Auditions are currently open for Season 18 of the show, and Vergara hasn’t announced her departure. So hopefully she’ll be back on the panel for the regular season when the show returns next year. In the meantime, catch the premiere of AGT: All-Stars on Monday, January 2 on NBC.

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