Sofia Vergara made a statement on Wednesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. During the results show, fellow judge Howie Mandel cracked a joke about her recent divorce from Joe Manganiello, leading to Vergara’s dramatic reaction.
The incident occurred when Vergara, 51, took a lie detector test, sitting on a throne made of tater tots, a nod to the show’s sponsor Sonic. Simon Cowell had requested the test, and Mandel, 67, playfully asked if there was anyone in the audience she was “interested in.” Vergara promptly walked off the stage, declaring, “That’s it!” before returning to her seat with laughter.
This wasn’t the first time Mandel made light of Vergara’s love life. In a previous episode, he humorously suggested she should look for eligible bachelors since she was now single. Mandel clarified later that he wasn’t trying to set her up, adding, “She doesn’t need my help.”
Mandel continued to tease Vergara in the following weeks, including a recent quip about relationship comedy being her favorite. This all comes after Vergara and Manganiello, 46, announced their divorce in July after seven years of marriage.
In a joint statement, the couple called it a “difficult” decision and asked for privacy as they navigated this new phase of their lives. Sources close to Vergara mentioned that they had been growing apart and were focused on different areas of their lives.
Vergara’s reaction on America’s Got Talent was a candid moment reflecting her desire to keep her personal life out of the spotlight.