Simon Cowell was forced to miss Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Thursday after he tested positive for Covid-19.
A spokesperson for Simon told MailOnline: ‘Simon was unable to attend filming today as he was isolating at home after testing positive for Covid-19.’
Absent: Simon Cowell was forced to miss Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Thursday after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Simon’s absence due to Covid comes just days after his horror e-bike accident which left him with a broken arm.
The music mogul told MailOnline he was ‘a bit of a nutter’ while stepping out for a stroll with his fiancée Lauren Silverman in London earlier this month, having narrowly avoided serious injury during the accident when he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Friends claim Simon, who added he’s ‘feeling better’ since the crash, is ready to give up cycling despite being an enthusiastic rider, given that this is his second biking accident.
Simon exclusively told MailOnline: ‘I’m OK. I’m feeling much better thank you. It happened just round the corner.’
Anticipated: The TV judge, 62, (pictured far right) was noticeably absent from proceedings in London as he was not seen arriving to filming with fellow judges Amanda Holden , Alesha Dixon and David Walliams
After being told that locals had seen him whizzing around the local streets at high speed on a number of occasions before the crash, he admitted: ‘I’m a bit of a nutter. I’ll definitely wear a helmet next time.’
A source told MailOnline: ‘Simon has been warned many times to wear a helmet but he doesn’t always take it on board.
‘When he cycles in LA he rarely wears one but the cycling lanes are far better and safer, compared to London. So he’s so accustomed to not wearing a helmet, which is so dangerous and he was lucky to come away with minor injuries from his latest crash.
‘His team are now hoping this is the wake up call he needed. Thankfully he always ensures son Eric wears a helmet while he’s cycling.’
Simon is nursing a broken arm as a result of the accident, his second involving a bicycle having previously injured his back following a similar fall in Malibu two years ago.
Injury: Simon’s absence due to Covid comes just days after his horror e-bike accident which left him with a broken arm (pictured with his fiancée Lauren Silverman)
Friends have since claimed he is ready to give up cycling despite being an enthusiastic bike rider after narrowly avoiding serious injury during the incident last Thursday.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Simon has vowed not to go on a bike again. It was a horror show but fortunately it looked worse than it actually is.’
Simon was rushed to hospital near his west London home with suspected concussion, facial cuts and a broken arm after he slammed into the road at 20mph while not wearing a helmet.
The ‘blood-soaked’ tycoon had been riding a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which has a basic price of €9499 (£7921) and has top speeds of 27mph.
Simon was attended to by passersby before paramedics arrived, while three onlookers also stopped oncoming traffic.
He was released from hospital the same evening with a cast on his arm and has been ordered to rest up.
Meanwhile, Amanda showcased yet another eye-catching look as she joined her fellow judges to film Britain’s Got Talent on Thursday.
The presenter, 50, highlighted her svelte physique in a form-fitting red leopard print dress as she joined the show’s hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arriving for work on the show.
Amanda, who reunited with judges David, Alesha and Simon to film the BGT auditions last month, has been back at work on the show after last year’s series was cancelled due to safety concerns around the Covid pandemic.
Amanda proudly displayed her slender figure in the red satin dress with a fun leopard print, which she teamed with black stiletto heels.
The star accessorised her outfit with 60s-inspired cat-eye sunglasses, and briefly paused to wave to fans as she made her way into the studio.
Joining Amanda was her co-star Alesha, who displayed her own edgy sense of style in a sexy black pinstriped blazer dress and thigh-high suede boots.
Stunning: The presenter highlighted her svelte physique in her chosen look as she joined the show’s hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arriving for work on the show
Dressed to impress: Amanda proudly displayed her slender figure in the red satin dress with a fun leopard print, which she teamed with black stiletto heels
The mother-of-two flaunted her incredible figure in the revealing look, with her dark tresses pulled back into a sleek ponytail and a matching black overcoat with her look.
David also cut a dapper figure in a smart grey suit as he strolled into the studio, briefly pausing to wave to his delighted fans.
Hosts Ant and Dec, who are preparing for the long-awaited return of Saturday Night Takeaway later this month, were also in high spirits as they jumped out of the car to make their way into the studio.
Fun: The singer commanded attention in her fun all-black ensemble as she arrived to film scenes with the rest of the judging panel ahead of the new series’ release this spring
Legs for days: She put on a leggy display in the towering black suede boots as she arrived at the London studio
Amanda previously revealed she presented Simon Cowell with a pair of stabilisers after he suffered another ‘horror’ e-bike crash and was rushed to hospital last week.
The TV star revealed the music mogul ‘loved’ his new gift which she hilariously revealed she had bought during a recent Heart FM show.
Taking to Instagram during his son Eric’s eighth birthday party, she shared an adorable snap as she beamed alongside her Britain’s Got Talent co-star.
Suave: David also cut a dapper figure in a smart grey suit as he strolled into the studio, briefly pausing to wave to his delighted fans ahead of resuming work on the show
I am here! As ever David ensured he was the centre of attention as he arrived to film BGT
Casual: Host Ant McPartlin cut a casual figure as he headed into filming. Production for the show has been underway after last year’s series of BGT was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid pandemic
In her caption, she wrote: ‘So I bought @simoncowell some stabilisers. He loved them.’
Production for the show has been underway after last year’s series of BGT was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.
The fifteenth series, planned for production and broadcast last year, was met with concerns from ITV, Thames and Syco Entertainment on how to safely conduct filming amid new government restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial decision was to postpone production until later on that year, however all involved agreed that they would not produce a new series until the following year.
Happy: Declan Donnelly was also in high spirits as he arrived to work on the show with his presenting partner. The new series of BGT is likely to air on ITV this spring
Concerns: The initial decision was to postpone production until later on that year, however all involved agreed that they would not produce a new series until the following year