On the mend. Although Simon Cowell was replaced at the America’s Got Talent judging table by Kelly Clarkson during the Tuesday, August 11, live show, everyone is hopeful that will only be a temporary change. Cowell, 60, broke his back on Saturday, August 8, while riding an electric bike.

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“We have been told he has been recovering tremendously,” judge Howie Mandel, 64, told Entertainment Tonight in an interview posted on Wednesday, August 12. “I would not count him out before the end of this season.”

The former Deal or No Deal host, 64, also provided a small update regarding the producer’s condition.

“He’s had a six-hour operation and he is already on his feet, which is above and beyond expectation, so I am thrilled,” he shared. “I love the guy, I miss the guy, and my hearts and minds are with him and each and every moment.”

On Tuesday night, the show kicked off its live shows for the first time this season and Clarkson, 38, filled Cowell’s seat, quickly adapting to the show and getting along great with the hosts.

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