Kelly Clarkson has jumped in to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Cowell has been forced to sit out the rest of the current season after breaking his back in a weekend bike accident and now the singer who owes her career to the music mogul is joining the show as a judge.
Clarkson will take over Cowell’s seat alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Sofia Vergara on Tuesday and Wednesday as the show returns.
“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT, but no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson,” Clarkson says. “You’re welcome in advance!”
Clarkson is no stranger to U.S. talent shows. As well as winning the first season of American Idol, she’s also a judge on The Voice. And she was named Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the recent Daytime Emmy Awards.
Meanwhile, Cowell has pulled all his commitments for the foreseeable future after undergoing a five-hour surgery on his back following a fall from an electric bicycle in the yard of his Malibu, California home on Saturday.
He put out his own statement on Sunday thanking fans for the outpouring of support he has received. He also thanked the doctors and nurses at the hospital, calling them “Some of the nicest people I have ever met.”