Why is Howie Mandel not on AGT tonight?

AMERICA’S Got Talent judge Howie Mandel was absent from the show on July 12, 2022.

Fans are now wondering why a month later Mandel is once again missing from the episode.

Howie Mandel is one of four judges on America's Got Talent


Howie Mandel is one of four judges on America’s Got TalentCredit: Getty

Why has Howie Mandel been missing on AGT?

Howie Mandel started as a judge on America’s Got Talent in 2010 following his successful show Deal or No Deal.

Over a decade later, season 17 aired with one noticeable difference, Mandel was absent from his usual judge’s chair.

The show opened with host Terry Crews telling the audience: “Howie Mandel isn’t feeling good, so he won’t be here tonight.”

Instead, the audience and those auditioning were told the rules would change to require two “yes” votes to advance to the next round and three red buzzers would stop them.

The audience was not given a further explanation, but after the show aired on June 14, fans took to Twitter expressing concern for Mandel’s absence.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Howie, are you gone for some of the tapings? You’re not in Urban Crews audition.”

Mandel did respond to the fan saying simply: “I got Covid.”

Why isn’t Howie Mandel on AGT tonight?

America’s Got Talent episodes are pre-recorded before the first episode is even released on air.

Although Mandel was in episodes the last several weeks, AGT fans noticed he wasn’t judging once again in the episode aired on July 12.

This is because AGT episodes are not aired in sequential order, meaning the episodes that do not have Mandel were filmed the week he was not working due to illness.

In one tweet, Mandel acknowledged his absence writing: “Sorry #FANdels, I’m not on @AGT tonight.”

Despite his absense from the episode, Mandel has been keeping up with the acts, taking to Twitter to praise those who auditioned.

“I wish I could have been there to see #TravisJapan,” he wrote, and in another, he posted a photo of the AGT host and cast of judges without him with the caption, “Where’s Howie?”

Where can I watch America’s Got Talent?

Viewers can watch America’s Got Talent on NBC every Tuesday night at 8pm ET.

You can also stream the current season of AGT on fuboTV, Hulu, and Peacock.

Previous seasons are available to stream on Hulu, Spectrum TV, OXYGEN, Peacock TV, NBC, USA Network, Bravo, E!, and SYFY.


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