Simon Cowell has built his reality television show persona on being unapologetically blunt and controversial, which makes it no surprise that a snide comment to a fellow judge on America’s Got Talent resulted in him donning a glass of water. Following a failed stunt, Cowell made a cruel joke about former Spice Girl Mel B’s marriage that had her storming off the stage.
The America’s Got Talent judges were left underwhelmed after magician Demian Aditya’s escape trick involving a wooden box dangling over fire fell short due to technical difficulties. Host Tyra Banks came out on stage to inform the audience and judges of the technical issue with the stunt, which she reiterated was not Aditya’s fault. However, her prompt to cue conversation with Cowell took a mean spirited turn.
“I kind of imagine this would be like Mel B’s wedding night,” Cowell mocked. “A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.” Before the unabashed judge could even deliver his punch line, Mel B jumped up offended and flung her drink at him before storming off the set. “This just in: @OfficialMelB has left the building,” America’s Got Talent’s Twitter live tweeted during the show.
Mel B confessed to E! News that her actions did not go unwarranted and that the night was filled with emotion for her. “[Evie Clair] really made me cry because it made me think about my dad, and my dad recently passed away from cancer also, with an almost eight to nine years struggle,” Mel B revealed. “So a story like that from such a young girl really touches my heart. She just sounded so beautiful and I couldn’t stop crying, so I go from that to Simon saying something so rude and inappropriate.”
The stinger regarding Mel B’s marriage came at a sensitive time for the former Spice Girl, who is currently undergoing divorce proceedings with her husband of ten years, Stephen Belafonte. However, this isn’t the first time the 42-year-old singer has doused Cowell and it probably won’t be the last. She came back on set during the commercial break, but told Entertainment Tonight following the show, “I told him he was an [expletive] and that was it and he goes, ‘Oh, whatever.’”
Tyra Banks followed the unexpected America’s Got Talent quarrel by saying, “This is live TV y’all, this is live TV!” With a judge as unfiltered as Simon Cowell, something tells us this won’t be the last time we’ll see him have either a fellow judge or contestant up in arms before the season comes to a close.
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