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Simon Cowell speaks out, thanking medical staff, after bike accident

“America’s Got Talent” creator and music industry mogul Simon Cowell has thanked the medical staff at the Los Angeles facility he is being treated at after breaking his back falling off a new bicycle on Saturday.

“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,” Cowell tweeted on Sunday, adding, “And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone.”

Cowell had the accident while testing the bike at his home in Malibu, California. He was later hospitalized, and underwent a five-hour surgery on his back.

“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” a spokesperson told Variety on Sunday. “He hurt his back and was taken to hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”

Cowell will miss the first two live shows of “America’s Got Talent” on Aug. 11 and 12.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 04: Simon Cowell attends City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on May 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles )

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, and Terry Crews -- (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Simon Cowell attends NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kick-Off at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman seen leaving the Arts Club in Mayfair on February 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by GOR/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Simon Cowell seen leaving "Britain’s Got Talent" auditions on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - JANUARY 08: Simon Cowell seen getting on a jet ski on January 08, 2019 in Barbados, Caribbean. (Photo by Ian Lawrence/GC Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Simon Cowell attends the 'America’s Got Talent: The Champions' Finale at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on October 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage,)

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Simon Cowell attends NBC's "America's Got Talent: The Champions" at Sheraton Pasadena Hotel on October 10, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS -- "Champions One" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Carrie Underwood and Simon Cowell attend the ceremony honoring Carrie Underwood with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on September 20, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic,)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Simon Cowell attends "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Finale Live Show Red Carpet at the Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Simon Cowell attends T"America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet on September 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GettyImages)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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In May, actor and producer Gabrielle Union broke her silence about her experience on the set of “America’s Got Talent,” revealing that she had filed a harassment complaint against NBCUniversal, Fremantle and Simon Cowell’s Syco amid concerns about racism and on-set misconduct

Cowell helped launch the careers of boy band One Direction and singer Susan Boyle. In the current season of “America’s Got Talent,” his fellow judges are Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews.

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