Kelly Clarkson filled Simon Cowell’s empty seat as America’s Got Talent aired its first live show on Tuesday from Universal Studios Hollywood.
The music mogul, 60, broke his back in several places in an electric bike accident on Saturday, and is set to undergo intensive physical therapy before he can return.
And Simon thanked the singer, 38, for replacing him on the show as a judge during his recovery period, as he took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his gratitude.
Grateful: Simon Cowell thanked Kelly Clarkson for filling in for him on America’s Got Talent’s judging panel on Tuesday, as he recovers after breaking his back when he fell off his e-bike
After Kelly’s first episode in the role aired, Simon told the singer: ‘Thank you @KellyClarkson. Miss all of you. What a Great Show. #AGT.’
Earlier on, Kelly shared a video of her in the judges chair as she gushed: ‘I think I could get used to this!’
She then added: ‘@SimonCowell Just kidding! Get well soon my friend Your @AGT family misses you! #AGT’
During the show, host Terry Crews, 52, declared: ‘As some of you might know, Simon Cowell had an accident over the weekend, and he can’t be here tonight,’ before saying the cast sent him ‘lots of AGT love.’
Standing in: Kelly filled Simon’s empty seat as America’s Got Talent aired its first live show on Tuesday from Universal Studios Hollywood
Thankful: After Kelly’s first episode in the role aired, Simon told the singer: ‘Thank you @KellyClarkson. Miss all of you. What a Great Show. #AGT’
Delighted: Earlier on, Kelly shared a video of her in the judges chair as she gushed: ‘I think I could get used to this! @SimonCowell Just kidding! Get well soon my friend’
It was revealed on Monday that the media mogul underwent six hours of surgery to insert a metal rod into his spine on Saturday night after falling from his new Swind EB-01 electric bike.
Speaking exclusively with MailOnline, sources close to the family said: ‘He’s in good spirits and knows he had a lucky escape and that this could have been worse.’
And although reportedly facing ‘weeks’ of physiotherapy, Simon is already back on his feet walking around and even taking work calls.
The family sources added to MailOnline: ‘He’s doing really well considering everything.
Painful: Simon broke his back on Saturday when his new $21,500 electric bike ‘flew up in the air’ after he tried to change gears while riding it in the courtyard of his Malibu home
Doing well: Simon is said to be in ‘good spirits’ as he recovers from back surgery after falling from his electric bike, a source has exclusively told MailOnline on Monday (pictured in 2019)
‘He’s been walking around already, obviously he has to be careful, which is expected considering surgery was only one day ago.
‘Simon has even been working yesterday and also today he’s been on emails on his iPad since early morning. He’s in good spirits and knows he had a lucky escape and that this could have been worse,’ they added.
Simon’s ex Terri Seymour has also revealed that he has already taken a few steps and been trying to get back to his busy work schedule.
Speaking with ExtraTV, Terri revealed that Simon is in good spirits and said she had spoken with his long-term partner Lauren Silverman on Monday.
Feeling positive: The media mogul has even been on his iPad and making work calls (pictured during a Zoom call in July)
New: Simon was testing out his new bike when he accidentally fell and broke his back (stock image of the Swind EB-01)
Terri said: ‘He’s on his iPad, making phone calls, working. He actually just took a few steps. Lauren just told me he’s already bossing her around.’
However Terri, who dated the mogul from 2002 until 2008 and has remained on good terms with her ex, said it will be some time before Simon is back to his usual self, adding that he’s ‘going to need a lot of physical therapy’.
She said: ‘It [the impact of the fall] was one centimeter away from his spinal cord, that is true. It’s bad and he is in agony. It could have been so much so much worse.’
A source also told The Sun it could take Simon ‘weeks’ to recover from the accident and that he could have to wear a back brace.
Power: The Swind EB-01 is said to have an official top speed of 60mph but able to go up to 80mph with ‘a little tinkering (stock image of the electric bike)
From his hospital bed: Simon broke his silence after breaking his back, posting an update to his Twitter and Instagram feeds
They said: ‘He has a long and difficult road ahead. It’s going to take him weeks, and maybe months, to get back to where he was. And if ignores the doctor’s orders then it will be very bad news for him long term.’
Simon broke his back when his powerful new $21,500 Swind EB-01 electric bike ‘flew up in the air and did an accidental wheelie’ after he tired to change gears.
The music boss is thought to have been ‘surprised by the power’ of the bike and knew immediately that he ‘was in trouble’.
On Sunday night, Simon tweeted: ‘Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.’
He went on: ‘I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.’
He then added in a second tweet: ‘And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon.’
Accident: Simon underwent six hours of surgery to insert a metal rod into his spine on Saturday night after the accident (Pictured in April with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 43)