Kelly Clarkson Filling In for Simon Cowell on ‘America’s Got Talent’ After Back Injury

Kelly Clarkson is temporary stepping in for her old friend and former ‘AGT’ judge Simon Cowell.

Clarkson filed an “urgent memo” on Instagram Monday (August 10th) to announce she will be filling in for him during Tuesday and Wednesday’s live telecasts of America’s Got Talent.

“My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT,” Clarkson wrote in the memo. “But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson You’re welcome in advance!”

See Clarkson’s urgent memo below.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Cowell broke his back after test riding his electric bike in Malibu, California, while Entertainment Tonight reported he underwent six hours of surgery overnight on Saturday and had a metal rod inserted in his back.