Producers of ‘ America’s Got Talent’ will be editing Poe’s upcoming Las Vegas appearance because not only is he not the soldier in the photo he produced during his audition, but also the army has no record he was ever injured in Afghanistan as he had claimed.
AGT producers are said to be currently discussing whether to axe Poe altogether, and if not, what to show.
Judge Howie Mandel is said to be furious at the fraud.
‘I was blown away that I was totally taken in. I’m really angry with the guy.’
However, it’s Howie’s belief that Poe will be allowed to continue on the show> But of course, instead of a war hero he will now be portrayed as a liar. I don’t envy him facing the judges after this!
The real guy in the photo is Staff Sgt. Norman Bone who was told about it by his ex-wife watching the show. Initially thinking it was a tribute to the troops he thought no more of it. It was only when friends who had served with him told him what happened and that his photo was being passed off as another guy that he became angry. He is now seeking army legal advice. ‘America’s Got Talent’ has issued an apology to him.
But what’s next for Timothy Poe? Should this cheating cost him his place on ‘America’s Got Talent’? Is he good enough to go all the way anyway?