Simon Cowell had Sofia Vergara freaking out that she had shot him (Picture:NBC)
Simon Cowell joked that he thought nothing could be worse than breaking his back after playing an elaborate prank on America’s Got Talent judge Sofia Vergara to let her believe she had shot him in the chest with an arrow.
The series creator and head judge, 61, tweeted ahead of the episode airing: ‘I thought breaking my back was the worst thing that could happen to me… Watch #AGT tonight on @nbc.’
The mogul had broken his back so severely last year that he could have ended up paralysed after falling from an electric bike, but has thankfully made a good recovery following surgery.
Simon, who is known for his love of pranks, had secretly teamed up with contestants Ryan Stock and AmberLynn to take part in their comedy danger act.
The pair had appeared season 11 where a previous stunt they had done on stage went wrong, seeing AmberLynn shoot Ryan in the throat with a flaming arrow.
Returning to ‘show their aim had improved’, Ryan shot a crossbow backwards through a balloon AmberLynn held in her mouth, before AmberLynn did the same but blindfolded.
The pair then enlisted Simon and Sofia to join in with their act – with Sofia being none the wiser that Simon was actually in on it.
Simon was chosen to be the target, with Ryan holding the balloon over his head while a blindfolded Sofia was guided by AmberLynn to shoot the arrow.
After Sofia shot the crossbow, the production team quickly made it look like Simon had been shot in the stomach as AmberLynn gasped and host Terry Crews, 52, shouted for a medic.
Sofia was seen freaking out at the commotion as she whipped her blindfold off to reveal Simon laying on the ground with the arrow sticking out of his chest.
The judge was seen pushing AmberLynn for allowing her to take the shot, believing she may have wounded her boss in the process.
Simon then rolled over to one side clutching the arrow and called for Sofia to come over, before he told her: ‘Sofia… I gotcha!’
Sofia apologised for shoving AmberLynn in her panic, saying: ‘I think I pushed you, I’m so sorry,’ to which AmberLynn responded: ‘I would have pushed me too!’
Prankster Simon had better watch his back in future episodes, however, as Sofia vowed to get revenge on him for making her believe she had shot him in the chest.
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