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America's Got Talent Judge Mel B Walked Off The Set After Simon Cowell Made Harsh Joke

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.

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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.

I feel like this would be a lot like Mel's wedding night. A lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.

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.

I don't know, he said something annoying, so I threw water on him. Simple as that. What else can you say? What else can you do? I'm not gonna sit there and listen to what else he's got to say. [smiles] Even though he's my boss. I'm the boss.

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.

Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.