Simon Cowell underwent surgery Saturday after he broke his back while testing out a new electric bicycle.
According to a statement from his rep, Cowell suffered the accident at his Malibu home where he was testing out the bicycle with his partner Lauren Silverman and their 6-year-old son Eric.
“Simon had a fall from his bike testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” a spokesperson for the “America’s Got Talent” judge said in a statement obtained by ET. “He hurt his back and was taken to hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”
In a subsequent statement, the rep stated: “Simon has broken his back and will undergo surgery this evening.”
According to Page Six, Cowell is currently recovering from that surgery.
“He had to have a big surgery, he’s got a number of breaks and has had to have a metal rod put into his back,” said the source.
“When he fell off the bike he landed right on his back which broke in a number of places,” the source added, noting it “was six-hour surgery overnight on Saturday.”
The source explained Cowell was “trying this new bike” when he fell and landed on his back. “He was in shock and in massive amounts of pain.”
Silverman, the source added, “went with him to the hospital and has been allowed in briefly to see him. He’s doing okay in the circumstances.”
Cowell will not be well enough to take part in Tuesday and Wednesday’s live telecasts of “America’s Got Talent”, so Kelly Clarkson will fill in.
In a cheeky Instagram post, Clarkson revealed the news on Monday, writing, “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.”
She added, “You’re welcome in advance.”
“We miss our boss!! Come back fast @simoncowell!!🚑 🚑” fellow judge Sofia Vergara wrote with a picture of Cowell’s empty judging chair.
Heidi Klum shared the same picture, with the caption, “Wishing you a speedy recovery @simoncowell❤️🙏🏻.”
Longtime friend and colleague Piers Morgan took to Twitter to wish Cowell “a speedy recovery.”
So sorry to hear this.
Sounds a very nasty accident.
I wish Simon a successful operation and a full & speedy recovery. https://t.co/RqBwIzVeqR
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 9, 2020
Cowell posted his own update along with some advice Sunday evening.
And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met.
Stay safe everyone
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) August 10, 2020