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'America's Got Talent' Backstage Report: Should Piers Morgan's Buzzer Be Silenced?

Date August 31, 2011
Gymkana Take it from someone who's sat in the audience at 'America's Got Talent'-- the judges' buzzers sound even louder in person. So when trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan hits that red "X" button performers can understandably become rattled.

Therefore, Morgan striking acrobatic act Gymkanamay have caused the performers' concentration to fail, which...

Gymkana Take it from someone who's sat in the audience at 'America's Got Talent'-- the judges' buzzers sound even louder in person. So when trigger-happy judge Piers Morgan hits that red "X" button performers can understandably become rattled.

Therefore, Morgan striking acrobatic act Gymkanamay have caused the performers' concentration to fail, which could have have contributed to one of the team's members catching fire when he jumped through a ring of flames.

Host Nick Cannon informed viewers at home (after a commercial break) that the Gymkana acrobat was okay thanks to his flame-retardant outfit.

Morgan quipped that by striking the act he was trying to end it early, thus potentially saving lives. But fellow judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, as well as Cannon, say they wouldn't mind Morgan's buzzer being disconnected.

"I don't know if [the acrobat who caught on fire] was nervous about the buzzing, but it was a very scary moment on live TV," Mandel says.

Cannon and Osbourne feel that Morgan's strike may have played a more active role in the mishap.

"Sometimes Piers doesn't think about the effect that loud buzzer will have," Cannon offers. "They hear that and it can ruin their whole act. I think that was definitely a reason [Gymkana's concentration was broken.] Mentally, you hear that and your focus goes off."

"They're kids in high school," says Osbourne of Gymkana -- and the last thing they need is "Principal Morgan" rattling them. "They're not yet professionals. They treat everything like an exam."

Perhaps for acts involving danger the producers could implement a "silent strike" effect, in which the audience would see the red X appear, but the acts wouldn't hear the jolting buzz.

"Yeah, you could do that," Mandel says. "When somebody's playing with fire -- no pun intended -- it's a dangerous element."

Osbourne would support a softer buzzer, too.

Cannon, in fact, knows just when to implement a silent strike, too.

"They should do it the next time they bring back Those Funny Little People," the host quips. "You'd see Piers just banging on that buzzer."

'America's Got Talent' airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9PM ET on NBC.

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