It looks like NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent might be making another change in their judges, as singer Mel B is reportedly rubbing producers the wrong way. In fact, if she gets the boot, producers already have another judge in mind: Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah.
America’s Got Talent viewers will recall that Mel B has been combative at times even on screen but has reportedly been even worse behind-the-scenes.
In August, Mel B threw a cup of water at her fellow judge (and AGT executive producer) Simon Cowell and then stormed off the set.
The outburst came after Simon compared a contestant’s performance to Mel B’s honeymoon: “lots of anticipation but no delivery.”
At the time, Mel B was in the midst of a divorce her estranged husband, film producer Stephen Belafonte (who, despite sharing a last name, is not the son of famed singer Harry Belafonte).
Mel B flashed a smile for the camera but reportedly had to be convinced to return to the judges’ table by the show’s producers.
Her divorce from Belafonte was finalized in December 2017 but the stress from the process has allegedly contributed to Mel B’s on-set behavior.
Producers are reportedly convinced that Mel B has now become too much trouble to deal with in comparison to the salary they’re paying her.
Queen Latifah is the producers’ choice to replace Mel B at the judges’ table, but there are complications that may prevent her from joining the show.
Currently, Queen Latifah is contracted as one of the stars of the FOX show business drama, Star, which might keep her from appearing on a rival network.
The next season of America’s Got Talent is set to begin filming in only five weeks time, so if producers are going to make a change, they’re running out of time to do it.
Season 13 of the long-running show will debut later this year on NBC.