SIMON Cowell is doing “spectacularly well” after a six-hour operation on his broken back.
The 60-year-old mogul’s America’s Got Talent co-star Howie Mandel has updated fans after Simon was rushed to hospital earlier this week.
Simon fell from his electric bike while at home, and was almost left paralysed by the accident.
Kelly Clarkson filled in for Simon during filming for AGT – but Howie said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Simon was back behind the desk before the end of the series.
He told E! News: “We were a little bit in disarray because we were worried. We were worried about our friend, and our boss, and our leader, Simon Cowell, who we hear is doing spectacularly well, considering.
“The latest I’ve heard is that after a six hour operation, and some fused discs, and the rod put in his back, yesterday, he was up on his feet, already, he’s already mobile!
“So, as I’ve been saying to a few other people, I wouldn’t count out seeing Simon again before this season’s end.”
Simon broke three vertebrae, missing his spinal cord by a centimetre, in the horrendous fall.
He had been trying out a powerful electric bike at his and girlfriend Lauren Silverman’s Los Angeles home when he accidentally pulled a wheelie.
Simon fell backwards and smashed down on to a concrete floor in front of his horrified son Eric, six, and Lauren’s teenage son Adam from a previous relationship.
The star was rushed to Providence Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a short drive from his £18million beachside property in Malibu, where he underwent his surgery.
He later confessed to fans that he had not read the instruction manual before trying out his new toy.
Breaking his silence, Simon tweeted: “Some good advice…
“If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.
“I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages..”
He added: “And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone.”
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