Brothers Gage listened to the judges of “America’s Got Talent” in March, but not for a cheerful audience, as the show is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MALIBO, Calif. – Simon Cowell broke his back on Saturday as he put his new electric bike to the test at home.

The 60-year-old entertainment mogul broke his back in several places while testing his bike with his family in the yard of his home in Malibu, Syco Entertainment confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement provided by Anne-Marie Thomson.

He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery overnight; he is under surveillance and is doing well, the statement added.

The star was quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with his girlfriend Lauren Silverman and their young son Eric, 6.

“We watch movies in the evening, we play together, we read books, comics, everything,” he told People in May.

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Cowell, the creator of “America’s Got Talent,” served as a judge on the show. He has also been a judge on “Britain Has Talent”, “Factor X” and “American Idol”.

“America’s Got Talent” returned to production in June, recording an episode of Social Distance from Judge Cuts in the open air aired on July 28.

“As bad as it is, you always have to find a solution to get back to work,” Cowell told the US TODAY by email today. “I sympathize with so many people in this situation, but if our show is an example, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s different, but we hope it will still be so popular.”

He said he was pleased with the episode.

“It was surreal, like being in a movie,” Cowell wrote. “While we were on the field, everyone was walking around in masks and entering this room and we were being told what we could do, what we couldn’t do, and I think it would be a difficult day. But there was this real excitement of excitement that we were all together again. “

“AGT” will return on August 11 (NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET / PT) for the first live show of the season. Forty-four acts will be presented in four weeks in the quarterfinals.

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