Simon Cowell’s “American Got Got Talent” co-stars are wishing him a speedy recovery, so he can get them back to work on the NBC competition series as soon as possible.
The show’s creator announced that he will have to miss the start of this season’s live episodes, which begin on Tuesday and Wednesday, in order to be able to properly recover from an fall that required him to have back surgery.
On Sunday, his fellow judges in the reality series, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel, returned to work, where they shared how they are thinking about Cowell during this difficult time.
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“I̵7;m close to Simon trailer … I just wanted to say I miss Simon and get up quickly!” Klum said on her Instagram account.
“Wishing you a speedy recovery @simoncowell,” the supermodel wrote along with a photo of herself and her two judges sitting outside in masks for a distant social shoot. A seat was left open in the middle for Cowell who could not attend.
Vergara shared the same photo with the caption: “We miss our boss !! Come back soon @simoncowell !!”
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“Simon has broken his back in a number of places” after falling off a new bike he was going to try in his backyard in Malibu on Saturday, a representative for the celebrities said. Family members were present.
The entertainment mogul was “doing well” and remained under observation after surgery at an unidentified hospital, the spokesman said. Cowell’s partner, Lauren Silverman, accompanied him to the hospital and has been able to see him briefly. Cowell’s six-hour surgery, six hours involved the placement of a metal rod.
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Despite the difficulty, he gave the strength to send a “massive thanks” to the doctors and nurses who treated him. Cowell, known for his harsh language comments about contestants, also shared some tips.
“If you buy a bike with electric rails, read the manual before riding it for the first time,” he tweeted.
He created the talent show, now in its 15th season, and serves as a judge. Terry Crews is the presenter of the show. Cowell has also been a judge on “Britain Got Talent”, “The X Factor” and “American Idol”.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.