Transcript for Simon Cowell's condition after e-bike accident
All right, T.J., now to the very latest on Simon Cowell's condition after that electric bicycle accident. Well wishes pouring in for the music mogul after he broke his back and janai Norman has more details an how the "America's got talent" judge can doing. Reporter: Simon Cowell is waking up in the hospital this morning. The "America's got talent" judge known for his candid commentary. Shut up. Reporter: Is still recovering after a terrifying accident. Breaking part of his back while riding an e-bike at his malibu home in front of his son and stepson. ABC news learning the impact missed his spinal cord by a centimeter. Cowell has a metal rod in his spine following a five-hour surgery. Overnight the show announcingly Clarkson will take Cowell's place as guest judge on tonight's live show. If America gets it right, they are going to make the "American idol" winner Kelly Clarkson. Reporter: The first season "American idol" winner who Cowell once mentored now filling his shoes. So you were a caterpillar, whatever that thing is last year and now you've turned into a giraffe. Reporter: Clarkson joining his co-judges. The two posting this picture on Instagram donning masks and socially distant pointing to an empty chair wishing Cowell well. Janai Norman, ABC news, new York.
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