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Season 18 of America’s Acquired Expertise simply acquired a bit extra dramatic! After Howie Mandel, 67, made a joke about his co-judge, Sofía Vergara‘s new single status, the 51-year-old quickly exited the stage during the Sept. 13 episode of the competition series (watch VIDEO HERE). “Do you see anybody in the audience tonight that you’re considering?” the Deal or No Deal alum requested, to which she responded along with her jaw dropped. “That’s it!” she quipped as she acquired as much as stroll off the stage. “I think she’s done!” added co-host Terry Crews, 55.

Howie’s joke comes on the heels of the Fashionable Household alum’s divorce from Joe Manganiello, 46, which made headlines on Jul. 17. Quickly after a video of the second landed on social media, many followers of the present took to the feedback to react to the joke made at Sofia’s expense. “OOPSIES! Looks like @howiemandel may have hit a bit of a ‘nerve’. #AGT @AGT @AGTAuditions,” one fan wrote, whereas one other quipped, “@howiemandel why do you keep picking on Sofia concerning her new status? Not cool! Grow up!”

This isn’t the primary time that the 67-year-old introduced up Sofia’s divorce both, as he joked about her being single throughout an episode of AGT final month. “I have one word of advice. If you’re looking for eligible bachelors, you should have talked to Sofia, because she’s in the market right now,” Howie quipped on Aug. 22. In response, the brunette magnificence performed it off and cheered, “Yeah!” as she threw her arms up.

Throughout an interview with Leisure Tonight following the joke final month, Howie clarified that it was in good enjoyable. “Online people said it was too soon and it was tasteless,” he defined to the outlet. “It’s not too soon! It’s too soon when she’s still married. Last season was too soon. Even if she saw it coming. I don’t think she did. I’m just saying, that was too soon. As soon as she’s free, as soon as they live in separate homes, the door is open, people!”

Later, Howie claimed that Sofia “approved of the joke” and even “thought it was funny.” He emphasised that Sofia later took to social media and posted a selfie after the present. “She posted afterwards. But the internet is mad,” he added. Sofia and the True Blood alum married in 2015 and ended their marriage this summer time. The couple didn’t welcome any youngsters, nevertheless, Sofia has one son, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, 31, from a previous relationship.