Fans never quite know what they're going to see whenever a new episode of America's Got Talent kicks off on NBC, especially during the live airings, and Tuesday night's episode was no different. Malfunctions occurred both on and off the grand stage, and the more noteworthy incident no doubt came at the judge's table, when judge Mel B stormed off the set after dousing Simon Cowell with a glass of water, following a harsh joke he'd made about her quite public divorce.
While former Spice Girl Mel B might not have been competing as a contestant on America's Got Talent, I'm sure some fans were giving her their personal Golden Buzzers for her surprising reaction on the recent episode. Surprising doesn't mean unwarranted, though, and Simon Cowell should have known better than to get that personal in primetime, especially with audiences as large as AGT's have been this season.
Demien Aditya, America's Got Talent's escape artist, faced a snafu where he didn't manage to make his way out of the wooden box he was attempting to escape, which prompted both Simon Cowell and Mel B to smack their red buzzers. Making an awkward situation even more cringe-worthy, Cowell uttered the following barb in reference to Mel's bitter divorce from producer Stephen Belafonte.
Cue Mel B's astonished face, which gave way to her lobbing a drink at him and promptly making a much smoother escape than the staged attempt just previous. (Meanwhile, host Tyra Banks was quite agog herself, reminding everyone watching that this was indeed live TV.) Mel did return later, of course, once emotions had settled, but if anyone expected her to be apologetic about it, that wasn't happening.
Here's what Mel B had to say about it during a post-show interview.
Admittedly, we do love a spontaneous bit of excitement like this from America's Got Talent, but not necessarily when it comes at the expense of a judge's personal drama. Watch everything else that the NBC series has to offer when America's Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET, and head to our fall TV schedule to see everything that's coming to the small screen in the near future.