Veteran producer and reality TV judge Simon Cowell suffered a bike accident last week and was hospitalized, Variety has confirmed.
The “America’s Got Talent” judge had the accident near his London home last Thursday, was hospitalized and then released, according to multiple reports that emerged Tuesday night.
“Simon was on the e-bike with his electric motor on, when the bike slipped on a wet patch,” a source close to Cowell told U.K. tabloid The Mirror. “He went flying over the handlebars into the middle of the road and is lucky to be alive as he wasn’t wearing a helmet. There was blood pouring from his face but luckily he managed to get some help from passers-by. He was taken to hospital and X-rays showed he broke his arm. He has his arm in a yellow cast and is on the mend now but will need to rest.”
“Simon broke his arm and is now recovering well,” a source familiar with the matter told Variety.
Cowell broke his back in a bike accident in 2020 and had to take a break from television for surgery and extensive rehab and recovery. In 2021, his popular talent show “The X Factor” was canceled after 17 years. He was initially due to judge music talent show “Walk the Line,” but was replaced by musician Gary Barlow. He stayed on the show, focusing on his role as show creator and executive producer.
In 2021, Cowell also canceled his scheduled appearance as a judge on the “X Factor Israel.”
Cowell recently completed filming the new season of “Britain’s Got Talent,” due to air in April.