Fans Won't See Heidi Klum on Parts of Tonight's New 'AGT' Episode

Selena Barrientos

From Good Housekeeping

For weeks now on America’s Got Talent, viewers have watched judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and newcomer Sofía Vergara throw their support behind spectacular acts. But on Tuesday night’s episode, fans will inevitably wonder about Heidi's absence.

After a bit of digging, here’s what we know:

What happened to Heidi Klum on America’s Got Talent?

In late February, AGT announced that Heidi was returning to the judging panel for season 15. Shortly after, the hit NBC competition show began production with its signature audition rounds. But according to TMZ, Heidi left the set before the start of a taping on March 10.

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Although she looked upbeat heading into work at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, it turns out she wasn’t feeling well. As a precaution during the earlier months of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the AGT star went home ill and filming continued without her. The following day, Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet was brought in as Heidi’s replacement, per Deadline.

Heidi and her husband, Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz, ended up getting tested for COVID-19. On March 14, the AGT judge shared that both she and Tom were waiting for their results. More than a week later on March 24, Heidi took to Instagram to announce that she didn’t have the coronavirus.

“Day 14 of staying H❤️ME #covid_19negative,” she captioned a photo of herself outdoors.

That said, it seems that Heidi missed a few AGT tapings and may not appear in some parts of the audition episodes.

Is Heidi coming back, though?

Rest assured, Heidi will still appear on the show. On May 12, she was featured in an at-home promo video for the current season, indicating that she's still very much involved with the series.

As far as the show's schedule goes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hollywood Reporter noted that AGT “only filmed part of its season before production stopped” in mid-March. In April, producers were working on a solution to continue airing new episodes of the longtime talent show.

Simon told People that he is determined to have the live shows go on later this summer, even if drastic measures have to be taken for safety purposes.

"The most important thing is that we have to ensure that since people have auditioned, that they do get the chance safely to be able to compete as they normally do and get that chance to win a million dollars or at least appear in the final," Simon declared.


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