Eric Stonestreet To Sub For Ill Heidi Klum Who Skips Second ‘America’s Got Talent’ Taping – 2nd Update

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- "Auditions" -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
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2nd UPDATE Wednesday PM: Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet will be filling in for ailing America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum at the NBC reality series’s Wednesday taping.. As we reported earlier, Klum is staying home ill today. She went to work Tuesday but left before the start of the taping with what is now being described by sources as a common cold.

On AGT, Stonestreet will sit alongside his Modern Family co-star Sofia Vergara, who is a new addition to the show’s judging panel, as well as AGT veterans Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel.

UPDATE Wednesday AM: America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum is staying home ill on Wednesday, sources said. The show is shooting as planned.

PREVIOUSLY, Tuesday  PM: America’s Got Talent was down a judge on Tuesday. A source close to the NBC reality series confirmed that Heidi Klum went home ill.

Klum was photographed smiling as she showed up for work at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium earlier today. According to TMZ, which broke the news of Klum’s abrupt departure from the set, she was missing at the start of the taping, with the other three judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and new addition Sofia Vergara — walking out and sitting in the judging panel.

There is no information on the nature of Klum’s ailment and whether she will be able to return to work tomorrow. AGT has been filming for the past week. The next taping is scheduled for tomorrow, March 11.

AGT is one of the studio-based shows that continue to film in front of live audience amid a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. A number of other programs, including talkers Dr. Phil and The Wendy Williams Show and game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, have switched to tapings with no audience over coronavirus concerns.

Reps for Klum did not respond to emails seeking comment.

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