Simon Cowell accident: Star's chair left empty at AGT auditions as Heidi Klum and Sophia Vergara beg him to come back

SIMON Cowell's fellow AGT judges Heidi Klum and Sophia Vergara have begged him to come back to work as he recovers from surgery on his broken back.

The 60-year-old's chair was left empty as filming got underway for America's Got Talent at the Universal Studios stage in Los Angeles.

Simon needed six hours of surgery after trying out a powerful new electric bike — and accidentally pulling a wheelie.

Now mourning his absence from set, Heidi, 47, and Sofia, 48, both took to Instagram yesterday to wish Simon a "speedy recovery" by sharing the same photo.

In the shot, both women were joined by fellow judge Howie Mandel, 64, as they pointed to Simon's empty seat while wearing protective face masks.

Supermodel Heidi captioned the pic: "Wishing you a speedy recovery @simoncowell ❤️"



Modern Family star Sofia wrote alongside her photo: "We miss our boss!! Come back fast @simoncowell!!" along with ambulance emojis.

German model Heidi discussed Simon's absence in a video on her Instagram Story.

She told her followers: "Filming today for America's Got Talent and I'm here next to Simon's trailer.

"I just wanted to say I miss you Simon and get well soon."



Simon fell and broke his back after trying out a powerful new electric bike — and accidentally pulling a wheelie.

The talent show judge fell backwards and smashed down onto a concrete floor at his Los Angeles home.

A source said: "He was testing out his new bike with Eric and Adam and the power of it surprised him a bit.

"He fell back directly onto his back and immediately knew he was in trouble. He was in a bad way."


Simon needed almost six hours of surgery to insert a metal rod in his spine after breaking three vertebrae during the accident witnessed by his son Eric, six, and his partner Lauren Silverman’s teenage son Adam.

Doctors told the TV mogul he was "very lucky" not to have suffered paralysing injuries.

Simon is thought to have missed damaging his spinal cord — part of the body’s central nervous system — by a centimetre.

The source said: "It was a really, really bad fall — but he's very lucky to have escaped with the injuries he has.

"Had he damaged the spinal cord he could have been looking at life in a wheelchair, but thanks to the doctors he is hopeful of making a full recovery."

The music boss broke his silence on Twitter over the weekend and confessed he hadn't been fully versed on how to use the electric bike before taking to the road.

Simon wrote on Twitter: "Some good advice…

"If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.

"I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.."

He added in another message: "And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon."

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