Simon Cowell was pelted with eggs during the season finale of "Britain's Got Talent" Saturday night by a viola player from the orchestra.
Cowell, a co-creator and judge on the British talent show competition, was listening to the sibling team Richard and Adam Johnson sing an opera version of "The Impossible Dream," when Natalie Holt made her entrance.
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The viola player, who darted between the Johnson brothers with a carton of eggs in hand, pelted Cowell from center stage.
Security whisked Holt away 10 seconds into the egg assault, but at least one egg hit Cowell. The British judge continued to watch the brothers' perfomance to the end and then walked away from the judges panel to remove his jacket.
Despite the disturbance, Adam Johnson did not miss a note during the performance, which evoked a thunderous applause from the audience and judges.
Cowell, a former judge on Fox's "American Idol" and "The X Factor," is known for his direct manner and cutting reviews. Many viewers dislike him for being too harsh with musical hopefuls.
"Britain's Got Talent" confirmed the incident.
"Natalie Holt was part of the backing group for their performance, and as a result of her misguided actions the police were called," the statement said.
According to the "Britain's Got Talent" representative, the show has "decided to take no further action at this stage."
Cowell took to Twitter Saturday night to react to the incident.
The 30-year-old Holt later apologized for her actions.
"I want to apologize to Richard and Adam for overshadowing their performance," Holt said. "I've never done anything like this before and in hindsight I have realized it was a silly thing to do."
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