Simon Cowell Temporarily Leaving Several of His Shows This Season to Be With Family

by Josh Lanier

Simon Cowell said he wants to spend more time with his family after he broke his back last year in an electric motorbike accident. The 62-year-old is still on the mend after the accident, which nearly left him paralyzed. Though, he plans to keep working behind the scenes for his many television projects.

Cowell said British musician Gary Barlow will replace him as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and Cowell’s new show Walk The Line. America’s Got Talent isn’t taping at the moment, and it’s unclear if he’ll return for season 17.

“This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as the creator and producer as we build-up to the hugely exciting launch,” Simon Cowell told The Sun. “Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we have known each other a long time now – so I am delighted he is picking up the baton for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.”

Cowell broke his back in several places while testing out a new motorbike at his Malibu home in August 2020, reports said. Doctors performed emergency surgery to save his spine. He endured months of painful physical therapy to learn how to walk again. Though, Cowell said he got lucky.

“If you saw the scan, I mean, I was like a millimeter away from just completely cutting my back in half. So I consider myself lucky. It could’ve been a lot worse,” Cowell told Entertainment Tonight. He added that the injury gave him more time to spend at home with his girlfriend and their son.

Guest judges Kelly Clarkson and Kenan Thompson filled in for Cowell on America’s Got Talent last season.

Paramedics Rush ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge to Hospital

Simon Cowell isn’t the only America’s Got Talent judge with a recent health scare. Howie Mandel scared fans last month when it was reported he fainted while standing in line at a Starbucks in Los Angeles. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with dehydration and low blood sugar, reports said.

The longtime America’s Got Talent host explained what happened to his daughter Jaclyn Schultz on his podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff.

“First of all, what has this world come to where you can’t pass out in a Starbucks privately anymore?” he joked, according to The Sun. “I was dehydrated. I had a colonoscopy a few days ago. They empty you out. You take a drink, and you empty out — I had consensual diarrhea for, you know, an entire night essentially.”

He added that “from the moment I woke up from the colonoscopy I went and I worked.”

Though, Mandel is now on the mend and back to posting comedy videos to TikTok.