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This Is Why Howie Mandel Left AGT in the Latest Episode

We have answers.

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Terry Crews from America's Got Talent

While watching Tuesday, June 14's episode of America's Got Talent, eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted a small switch-up during Auditions.

Following Oleksandr Yenivatov's amazingly disturbing contortionist Audition, Howie Mandel was missing from his spot at the judging panel next to Heidi Klum. In fact, Mandel didn't appear for the rest of the show. But before fans get too worried, there is a simple explanation.

Right before Urbancrew took the stage with their gravity-defying routine, Host Terry Crews told the audience why we wouldn't see the comedian and explained a slight change in the show's rules.

"Howie Mandel is not feeling well today, so he will not be joining us," Crews said. "Since Howie is not here, two 'yeses' will let the Act advance, and three Red Buzzers mean that your Act is over."

So, we can breathe a sigh of relief that Mandel's absence is temporary. Now, if you were to ask Simon Cowell about what happened to his fellow Judge, he may place the blame on Sofia Vergara. During a May interview on The Kelly Clarkson Showthe AGT executive producer jokingly said his broken arm was the fault of the Modern Family star. 

"One by one we've all had accidents ever since Sofia joined the show," Cowell said, cheekily dubbing her an "assassin."

Klum added, "When Sofia came the first year we met, the next day I was sick."

Vergara got in on the fun, denying any bad intentions. "I don't believe it because nothing has happened to me," she laughed. "I haven't even in two years gotten COVID. Not even once."

America's Got Talent Season 17 airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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