America’s Got Talent 2023 LIVE – Howie Mandel responds to complaints that judges are ‘harsh’ after Summer Rios’ eviction

AMERICA’s Got Talent is back with a new episode tonight after fans criticized the judges for being too harsh.

Last week’s episode featured acts trying to get through the qualifying rounds, but not everyone made it.

After a few performances were cut from the final episode, including fan-favorite Summer Rios, the judges were labeled “tough” by fans.

“You know, I’m really tired of #howie making rousing performances in the finale. People are voting now, #stfu. Time to retire.” wrote one fan on X

Judge Howie Mandel commented on this fan reaction.

“I don’t know if we’re tougher, but more in the moment and real and authentic,” the judge explained Parade Magazine.

Next: “Oh my God, a lot of people sitting at home change the channel, or when they’re watching it on YouTube, they click on something else.” The buzzer is our remote control – and then I feel bad. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad, but I think we’re paid to at least share our opinions.”

America’s Got Talent airs at 8:00 pm EST on NBC or sign up to stream on Sling TV and Fubo.

Read our America’s Got Talent blog for news and updates…

  • More about AGT juror Heidi Klum

    Heidi Klum is a German-American model, presenter, producer and businesswoman who became the first German Victoria’s Secret Angel.

    She first joined AGT in 2013 and served on the panel until 2018 before taking a short break.

    After her AGT break, Heidi returned as a judge in time for season 15.

  • More on AGT Judge Howie Mandel

    Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian and television personality.

    Perhaps his most famous gig was hosting Deal or No Deal.

    Mandel has been a judge on America’s Got Talent the longest of any judge in the past.

    He first appeared in the show’s fifth season.

  • Crazy AGT moments – Simon’s brutal feedback

    Simon Cowell doesn’t mince his words and didn’t hold back when it came to candidate John Wines.

    Howie, Heidi and Sofia seemed to have enjoyed John’s performance, but Simon caused a stir midway through the show.

    Simon started by saying he didn’t think John’s wife would be very happy watching his performance.

    “I just thought the whole thing… I don’t know what it was. I just felt strange,” Simon told the 59-year-old.


CELINE CASTRONUOVO is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. CELINE CASTRONUOVO joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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