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Simon Cowell ‘will miss Britain’s Got Talent finals after breaking his back as ITV looks for a replacement’

SIMON Cowell will miss the Britain’s Got Talent finals as he continues to recover from breaking his back, it’s been reported.

The music mogul, 60, is recuperating in Los Angeles after his freak accident which saw him fall off his electric bike and narrowly avoid damaging his spinal cord.

He had hoped to be part of the shows via videolink, but now he will reportedly miss out altogether.

An insider told the Mirror: “Everything is fixed, he just needs healing time.

“Flying halfway across the world is not part of the plan and he has agreed to put his health first.”

A socially-distanced BGT is set to resume filming in two weeks with regular judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Former talent judge Piers Morgan has reportedly been ruled out of a return because of his rivalry with David.

The Sun previously revealed Simon would miss the semi-finals for the first time after suffering his injury.

A clash of filming schedules with the show’s US version caused by Covid-19 has also further complicated matters.

Doctors in California have warned Simon he is facing a “hard recovery” that will include weeks in a back brace and intensive physiotherapy.

A source said: “Simon has a long and difficult road ahead.

“He has told friends and colleagues that he wants to be back at work immediately but they’ve had to remind him that this is a very serious injury and he needs to just rest and recuperate. 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 has been ever-present on BGT since it first came to screens in 2007.

The interrupted series is set to return with a one-off catch-up show.

It will then run semi- finals on Saturday nights during the autumn.

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