Professional regurgitator (yeah, apparently that’s a thing) Stevie Starr took to the stage to swallow and just as easily bring back up a host of items, including one of Heidi Klum‘s rings, which was worth half a million dollars.
And though the judges were understandably as impressed as they were horrified by this talent of his, Mandel took his commentary too far.
“I mean, think about it people, think about it! This is probably going to come out wrong but you, sir, make bulimia entertaining!”
And come out wrong it did.
Twitter had a field day with the comment.
@howiemandel something so ugly, into a quick laugh. i will no longer watch AGT.
— Jenna-Mae (@jbilmer) August 26, 2015
@howiemandel Howie, what's with you man? You're being such a tool lately.
— SVINUES (@SVINUES) August 26, 2015
— The Hook (@TheTerribleHook) August 26, 2015
— Kelly Bradley (@klynnbelle) August 26, 2015
The backlash was so immediate that Mandel quickly apologized both on the show and on Twitter.
I am NOT perfect. I make mistakes. I sincerely apologize to everyone who was offended.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) August 26, 2015
But a lot of people also came to Mandel’s defense, saying the political correctness and the quick offense culture has gone too far.
— Nicci L. Granacher (@NicciLynn1993) August 26, 2015
@howiemandel Your apology on air was very prompt, respectful and sincere. We're all human.
— Patrick Martz (@PatrickMartz_) August 26, 2015
— Robert Vogt (@RobertJV) August 26, 2015
Check out the full clip of Starr’s performance and Mandel’s ensuing bulimia comment below.