Simon Cowell NOT Banning Kids From ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Despite Report

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Simon Cowell Banning Kids AGT

By Andrew Shuster |

Simon Cowell Banning Kids AGT

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Simon Cowell isn’t planning to ban kids from auditioning for “America’s Got Talent,” despite a completely inaccurate report. The article claims the “AGT” judge/creator fears the competition series is turning into a children’s show, but Gossip Cop looked into the story and we can exclusively set the record straight.

“Simon Cowell To Ditch ‘Tiny Tots’ For Adult Stars In ‘AGT,'” reads a new RadarOnline headline. The accompanying article claims the TV mogul is tired of kid performers taking over the show, and wants to start appealing to an older crowd. A supposed “source” tells the site, “Simon is worried that his hit series, ‘AGT,’ is turning into a kiddie show. This year, the two finalists were children. Last year’s winner was a kid, too. The fear is next year no one older than 15 will even bother auditioning.”

The outlet’s questionable insider adds, “Now Simon is stepping in to fix the problem. It doesn’t take anything away from the folks that have already won, but next season is going to be very different with new rules.” But Gossip Cop checked with a source at “AGT,” who exclusively assures us the webloid’s story is “totally untrue.” We’re told Cowell simply doesn’t want the show’s age guidelines changed.

In fact, the judge let it be know that one of his favorite acts this past season was 12-year-old dancer Merrick Hanna. He was also completely on board with 12-year-old ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer being crowned champion, and supported several other young contestants as well. Additionally, preliminary audition dates for the show’s thirteenth season were recently announced, and there was no indication of any age restrictions.

This also isn’t the first time Gossip Cop has had to bust RadarOnline for publishing a bogus story surrounding the TV producer’s role on the show. The site falsely accused Cowell’s fight with Mel B of being staged, but the altercation was very much the real deal. This latest article regarding the popular NBC competition show is equally bogus.

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