Howie Mandel has been talking about being a germaphobe for years.
With coronavirus spreading, Mandel went for the full hazmat suit while en route to a taping of “America’s Got Talent.”
Yahoo reports while the hosts joked in front of the audience about Klum having food poisoning, with new host Vergara quipping that she sent Klum food the night before, Klum doesn’t have food poisoning, according to TMZ. She was just under the weather.
And, no, she does not have the coronavirus, an insider told the news outlet.
AGT continues to have live audiences while other shows — the Wendy Williams Shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune included — have temporarily halted the practice as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S.
While Mandel may have been going for laughs with his attire, he does have a crippling fear of germs. He suffers from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), and has long opted for a fist bump, instead of shaking hands, from way back in his Deal or No Deal days. He’s also said he won’t touch money (unless it’s been washed), doesn’t use handrails and makes his makeup artist use a new sponge before touching his face each day. And his signature bald haircut? That he does by choice — he’s said it feels more “clean.”
It’s not to say he’s not having a little fun with the hazmat suit — after all, he is a comedian. The other day he joked about how , with the coronavirus, he’s not comfortable going to the movies or the mall. The one place he was OK going, he joked, was the DMV.