"You, sir, make bulimia entertaining," Mandel told Starr. Even before making the quip, the 59-year-old AGT judge knew it was untoward, admitting that the joke "would probably come out wrong."
Beating social media to the bunch, Mandel, who suffers from OCD, said he was sorry a few segments later on in the show. "I just wanna take a second just to apologize. I made a comment earlier, it's live television, I wasn't thinking," he said. "I made light of bulimia, which is a very serious eating disorder and mental health issue. I deal with mental health all the time, and I did something stupid. I should never make light of it. I apologize to anybody that was offended. I'm not perfect, I make mistakes.