Despite Simon Cowell saying he wants all the judges to return to America’s Got Talent for Season 13, NBC producers allegedly want to make a small change to the panel.
According to TMZ, ‘AGT’ producers have become fed up with Mel B and are looking to replace her before filming for Season 13 begins next month.
Sources told the gossip site that Mel has been butting heads with production on set behind the scenes and believe she is coming with “too much baggage” for the hefty price they are paying the former Spice Girl.
During Season 12 Cowell and Mel took their feud in front of the camera after Simon made a joke about Mel’s divorce from estranged husband Stephen Belafonte. Mel tossed a drink at Simon, which NBC producers did not take well. Tension started building from then on.
The website also reported that if Mel B does get the boot, producers are eyeing Queen Latifah to replace her at the judges desk as their top choice.
One thing that could complicate matters for NBC is Latifah is currently working on Fox with her show “Star”.
Mel B has been with the hit NBC show since joining ‘AGT’ for Season 8 in 2013. Since then, she and fellow judge Heidi Klum have been a hit with a majority of fans and is the second longest serving judge behind Howie Mandel.
With auditions set to begin in the next five weeks, it appears Cowell and NBC will have to make a decision rather quickly..
America’s Got Talent airs on NBC in the U.S. and on TruTV in the U.K. Season 13 is expected to begin later this year.