MALIBU, Calif. – Simon Cowell broke his back Saturday while putting his new electric bicycle to the test at his home.

The 60-year-old entertainment mogul broke his back in several places while trying out his bike with family in the courtyard of his home in Malibu, Syco Entertainment confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement provided by Ann-Marie Thomson.

He was taken to the hospital, where he had surgery overnight; he’s under observation and doing fine, the statement adds. NBC said Cowell will not appear in this season’s first live “America’s Got Talent” episodes, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The star has been in quarantine at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their young son Eric, 6.

“We watch movies in the evening, play together, read books, comics, everything,” he told People in May.

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Cowell, the creator of “America’s Got Talent,” serves as a judge on the show. He has also been a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor” and “American Idol.”

“America’s Got Talent” went back into production in June, taping a socially distanced Judge Cuts episode outdoors that aired July 28.

“As bad as it is, you always have to find a solution to get back to work,” Cowell told USA TODAY via email in June. “I have sympathy for so many people in this situation, but if our show is an example, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s different, but hopefully it will still be as popular.”

He said he was pleased with the resulting episode.

“It was surreal, like being in a movie,” Cowell wrote. “As we drove onto the lot, everyone is walking around with masks and we go into this room and we’re told what we can do, what we can’t do and I’m thinking this is going to be a tough day. But there was this real buzz of excitement that we were all back together.”

“AGT” will return Aug. 11 (NBC, Tuesday, 8 EDT/PDT) with the first 11 of 44 quarterfinalists.

Contributing: The Associated Press; Gary Levin

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Simon Cowell of ‘AGT’ breaks back falling off electric bicycle



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