AGT: The Champions 2021 Shelved Due to Pandemic, Simon Cowell Injury

Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Alesha Dixon, Terry Crews, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Reportedly, NBC has no plans to bring back America’s Got Talent: The Champions for the 2021 season. Typically, the series would begin taping in the fall. But, between the COVID-19 pandemic and Simon Cowell’s recovery from a recent back injury, reports say the show has been shelved, for at least this season.

According to UK’s The Daily Star NBC sources say “they are not aware of any plans to bring the show back” especially with “Simon incapacitated and the pandemic”.

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“2020 is unfortunately getting worse for Simon,” a Los Angeles source said.

“The Champions show was a wonderful deal for him. He got $10m for judging, EP and Syco rights to the brand from the network and his acts were given huge promotion in the USA.

“Usually the Champions films straight after the summer season of AGT ends. But there were clear problems and issues outside of Simon’s health.

“The thought of doing remotely is an option, but not at this moment in time with all the challenges facing Hollywood and the strict work regulations.”

Actually, NBC could bring the show back without Simon in a judges seat. I thought maybe the network would use the show to fill in for scripted shows that are behind schedule. But it is true that production would be underway if NBC were planning to bring back AGT: The Champions for a third season in January

Season 2 which aired in January and February 2020 featured Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Alesha Dixon on the judges panel. America’s Got Talent 2019 favorites, V. Unbeatable won the competition.

Simon is currently recuperating at his Malibu home from a freak bicycle accident in which he broke his back in several places.

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