Speaking to HuffPost UK on the red carpet at the Pride Of Britain Awards – which Simon had been planning to attend prior to his ill-health – Alesha said: “He’s doing okay, and I wish him a speedy recovery and I want him back there next week.”
Addressing what it was like to briefly swap ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ for ‘X Factor’, she added: “I was there under not the best circumstances. I’m glad that none of Simon’s acts went home under my watch.
“And yes, I’d much rather had been at home with a cup of tea watching Simon on the show.
“But we are all like a family and I help where I can I was glad to help him out.”