Mel B walked off the set of Tuesday’s edition of “America’s Got Talent” mid-show after fellow judge Simon Cowell made a poorly timed joke about her wedding night — while she’s going through a particularly nasty divorce from ex Stephen Belafonte.
After an escape artist suffered a technical malfunction during his performance, Cowell was asked to offer his opinion of the snafu.
“I kind of imagine this would be like Mel B’s wedding night,” quipped Cowell. “A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”
Mel did not appreciate the jibe, and expressed herself by standing from her chair at the judges’ table and flinging her glass of water at the former “American Idol” judge before storming off the set. Watch — it takes place at about the 4:30 mark:
Mel B spoke with ET’s Denny Directo after the show about the incident. “[Simon] should know, if you say something inappropriate he’s gonna get like, stuff thrown at him,” she said. She did mention it was all friendly. “I made sure there was no ice in it this time… just fizzy water.”
The “AGT” judge does have one regret: “I just [wish] I would have had cranberry juice in there or something, and then his whole body would be really sticky!” she joked. According to Mel B, the two talked it out over the commercial break after she returned. “I told him he was an a**hole and that was it, and he goes, ‘Oh, whatever.'”
Things must have been smoothed over, as the former Spice Girl had returned to her seat in time for the next performance, but according to the “AGT” Twitter account it appears her reaction was real and not staged.