Last Updated on October 3, 2023 by SPN Editor
In a recent episode of the talent show, Sofia Vergara got up from her seat when Mandel made another joke about her being newly single. (Her ex-husband, Joe Manganiello, filed for divorce in July.)
The moment happened when Sofia Vergara was sitting on a throne made of giant fake tater tots (the show’s sponsor is Sonic) and was asked to take a lie detector test.
She was jokingly accused of lying when she hesitantly agreed that fellow judge Simon Cowell was “just like a sweet little puppy dog.” But when Mandel asked if she saw anyone in the audience she was interested in, Vergara seemed to take it lightly as the crowd cheered loudly at the question.
She responded with “That’s it,” took off the lie detector cuff with a smile, and went back to the judges’ table. Host Terry Crews chimed in with “I think she’s done.”
Earlier in the season, Mandel got some online backlash for making jokes about Vergara’s love life. He told a contestant, “If you’re looking for eligible bachelors, you should’ve talked to Sofía because she’s in the market right now.”
Mandel defended himself later, saying, “People were online saying, ‘Too soon.’ I think as soon as you’re available, it’s never too soon. She’s fresh, people. People thought that was mean and insensitive.
If you watched Sofia, she screamed after she came over to me and thought it was funny. She said, ‘Yes,’ so she’s got a great sense of humor and I wouldn’t do anything to hurt a fellow—a friend first, and a fellow co-worker.”
He added, “I think everybody watching who is available believes they’re the perfect match for Sofía. I don’t think, Sofía, to be honest…she doesn’t needs my help. She really doesn’t. I believe that she’ll be fending them off. I mean, she is a great friend, a brilliant person, a businessperson, a powerhouse, an amazing sense of humor. She checks every box, so whoever ends up with Sofía is going to be really, really lucky.”
Last month, Howie Mandel, known for his germaphobia and aversion to handshakes, showed he’s willing to make exceptions when it comes to touching feet.
The America’s Got Talent judge playfully teased his fear of germs on Instagram by sharing a photo where he’s holding onto Sofia Vergara’s ankles.
Mandel jokingly captioned the post, saying, “I’ll do anything to not shake hands.” The image captures Vergara in a playful gasping reaction to the unusual interaction.
The official AGT account later commented, “This is too good.”