America’s Got Talent Resumes Taping Using Remote Technology
America’s Got Talent has resumed taping the show, according to judge Howie Mandel. As the coronavirus lockdown continues, the cast is filming using remote technology.Howie revealed the news in a remote interview with TMZ. Chilling outside his home, the judge said, “…two days ago we started taping again, mobily, kind of like this. They said I couldn’t be outside. They made me go inside!” He didn’t share more details. However, America’s Got Talent did open up auditions again, encouraging hopefuls to upload videos of their act.
Howie also talked about what it was like trying to tape AGT with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara, along with host Terry Crews, as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded.
“We were in the theater in Pasadena when all this started,” said Howie. “But then the edict came down that this was really serious and we lost the audience.”
Filming without an audience was an eerie experience, said Howie. “Now we’re doing the show and we’re sitting there, and people are coming out with huge numbers and magic tricks and they’re going TADA! And it’s just the four of us sitting in this cavernous theater.”
But then Heidi went home ill in the middle of a taping, the notorious germaphobe Howie kind of lost it, “…then Heidi started coughing and she said she had a fever and I screamed like a little girl. And they sent her home. And I was terrified of the fact that she tested…and thank God she tested negative.”
Heidi and her husband eventually tested for Covid-19, and the tests came back negative. Simon claims he and “everybody” also had to get tested, but apparently everyone concerned is currently healthy.
Simon also said in a recent interview, that America’s Got Talent is on track to premiere at the end of May.
Watch Howie Mandel’s chat with TMZ below.