Simon Cowell has nothing but love for the ladies of Fifth Harmony.
The 58-year-old music producer and TV personality showed his support for the girl group after they were the victims of some shade from comedian Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.
Cowell hadn’t heard about Haddish’s joke involving singer Camila Cabello that angered some Fifth Harmony fans, but he did have some kind words for Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke.
“Camila was the first to say, ‘I want to go solo,’ and obviously we backed her on that,” he told ET’s Denny Directo while at a live taping of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday. “Last night was a huge night for her, but all those girls are, I mean, they’re all talented. So I’m so happy for all of them. I mean, that’s the reason we do these shows.”
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Fifth Harmony originally formed in 2012 after appearing together on The X-Factor. Cabello left the group in December 2016 to pursue a solo career, and a few of the other members later followed suit.
During the VMAs, Haddish quipped, “[Camila Cabello] is nominated for five VMAs tonight! Five of ‘em! I’m super proud of her. So, those of you watching at home, hi, Fifth Harmony!”
Haddish's Fifth Harmony joke comes nearly a year after the girl group performed at the 2017 VMAs and threw a dummy off the stage that some viewers thought was in response to Cabello leaving the group.
The comedian's quip at this year's VMAs, however, didn’t sit well with many fans of the girl group, including Nicki Minaj, who called Normani “that b**ch” when she joined Haddish on stage to accept the Best Hip Hop Video moon person.
Normani reacted to Minaj's praise, tweeting: “@NICKIMINAJ I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you. You perfect queen you! Thank you for lifting me up. God is real. Now y’all know I love me some Nickiiiiiiiiiii. Congratulations on tonight!!! Proud of you always.”
Waiting for the day when supporting one successful dope woman does not mean insult to other successful dope women. There is energy and space for us all to beautifully coexist and bless the world with our individual truths, stories and talents.✨💕✨
Former group member Lauren Jauregui also responded to the perceived diss on Twitter, writing: “Waiting for the day when supporting one successful dope woman does not mean insult to other successful dope women. There is energy and space for us all to beautifully coexist and bless the world with our individual truths, stories and talents.”
America’s Got Talent airs live Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.