Simon Cowell ‘to miss’ BGT finals after breaking back as ITV ‘want replacement’
Simon Cowell will reportedly miss the Britain's Got Talent finals as he continues to recover from breaking his back.
The TV star and music mogul, 60, is currently recovering in Los Angeles after he fell off his electric bike and narrowly avoided damaging his spinal cord.
Simon has hoped to be part of the shows via videolink, but now he will apparently miss out altogether.
A source told the Mirror: "Everything is fixed, he just needs healing time.
"Flying halfway across the world is not part of the plan and he has agreed to put his health first.”
Daily Star Online has contacted a representative of Simon and Britain's Got Talent for comment.
The other judges – Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams – are all set to return to a socially distanced set.
Piers Morgan has reportedly been ruled out as a replacement for Simon because of his rivalry with David.
It was previously reported Simon would miss the semi-finals for the first time after suffering his injury.
There is also a clash of filming schedules with the show's US version caused by Covid-19, which has complicated matters further.
Doctors in the US have warned Simon he is facing a “hard recovery” that will include weeks in a back brace and intensive physiotherapy.
An insider told The Sun: “Simon has a long and difficult road ahead.
“He has told friends and colleagues that he wants to be back at work immediately but they’ve had to remind him that this is a very serious injury and he needs to just rest and recuperate. It’s going to take him weeks, and maybe months, to get back to where he was.
“And if he ignores the doctor’s orders then it will be very bad news for him long-term."
The Britain's Got Talent final is set to air in the Autumn
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