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Simon Cowell Recalls Heidi Klum's Emergency Exit from AGT Due to Illness

Lois Oladejo
Jun 18, 2020
03:30 P.M.

Simon Cowell opened up on how "America's Got Talent" was affected after Heidi Klum fell ill and couldn't appear on the show.


It is no doubt that many TV shows have stories to tell concerning how airing has been affected. Media entrepreneur, Simon Cowell, confirmed this in an interview with People.

Simon Cowell recalled when Heidi Klum was indisposed and how the production team had a short period to cover for the lapse.

Heidi Klum at the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Heidi Klum at the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


Heidi Klum judges the show's contestants alongside Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell. However, Klum developed a fever and sore throat and had to stay away from work.

Although she tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the television star couldn't appear on the AGT set.


The latest episode, which was an empty audience performance, showed that Klum's seat was empty, and Terry Crews announced that she "was under the weather." Simon Cowell, while speaking with People, made it known that a temporary replacement was made.



Cowell said that the production team had no time to go over options. For him, it was a matter of hours and not days. He said: "Heidi obviously got ill and, for obvious reasons, she had to stay at home. Someone said, 'Well, why don't we hire Eric?'..."

She added that it took a long time before she could share the outcome of her COVID-19 test.

Cowell referred to the suggestion as a "good idea" because Eric Stonestreet had worked with Sofia Vergara in a movie, and they had chemistry.

Besides that, Eric was once a guest judge on the show, and he pretty much knew his onions. Simon said about Stonestreet: "He was a real trooper. He stepped in at the last moment."



The latest episode of "America's Got Talent" displayed how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the show's routine. Simon Cowell shared that the absence of the audience helped breed a better relationship between the judges and contestants.

However, he'd prefer not to film without an audience in the future. The show's production was suspended in March.



In a recent interview with People, Heidi Klum shared details concerning her emergency departure from "America's Got Talent."

In March, Klum developed an illness during the show's production and had to leave on short notice. She also didn't return to participate in filming the auditions.

Although her COVID-19 test came out negative, the star model revealed that it took a long time to get tested.

Heidi made it known that her brief exit from the show "felt strange," but that was the "right thing to do." She added that it took a long time before she could share the outcome of her COVID-19 test.

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