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Simon Cowell Talks Having to Replace Heidi Klum on 'America's Got Talent' After She Got Sick

Simon Cowell Talks Having to Replace Heidi Klum on 'America's Got Talent' After She Got Sick

Simon Cowell is looking back on having next to no time to replace Heidi Klum on America’s Got Talent.

Halfway through Tuesday night’s (June 16) episode, host Terry Crews informed the audience that “unfortunately Heidi Klum is a little under the weather.”

The episode was filmed back in early spring shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, when Heidi fill ill on set and was dismissed from production after “experiencing fever and sore throat.”

The auditions continued with an empty seat between Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel. In March, AGT was able to get Sofia‘s former Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet to temporarily fill in for Heidi.

“We didn’t have days to think about it. We had hours to think about it,” Simon shared with People about replacing Heidi.

At the time, Heidi thought she had coronavirus, and after finally getting tested, her results came back negative.

“Heidi obviously got ill and, for obvious reasons, she had to stay at home, Simon recalled. “Someone said, ‘Well, why don’t we hire Eric?’ And we said it’s a good idea because Sofia and Eric worked together and they have chemistry. He was a real trooper. He stepped in at the last moment.”

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