Entertainment TV Howie Mandel Teases the New Season of 'America's Got Talent' : It's 'Bigger, More Dangerous, More Exciting' Season 17 of America’s Got Talent premieres Tuesday on NBC By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 31, 2022 06:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Howie Mandel teased the "epic" new season of America's Got Talent. On Tuesday's episode of the PEOPLE Every Day podcast, the comedian, 66, opened up about what fans can expect from season 17 of the hit talent series, which kicks off Tuesday night. "I'm the longest running judge on the show," he told host Janine Rubenstein. "Wait till you see this season, but I think there is something in the air. And I think it's because of what had been going on throughout the world ... All this energy was bottled up. So now we have the live audience, people who have been locked away in their prospective homes, countries, wherever they [were], and they just showed up and exploded on our stage." Kevin Winter/WireImage America's Got Talent's Heidi Klum Says 'I Might Poop Myself' from Nerves About Season 17 "We are seeing things bigger, more dangerous, more exciting than we have ever seen before," he added. "What a great respite from all the turmoil that is going on in the world to just sit down with your family and watch AGT." The show's spinoff series America's Got Talent: Extreme showed the risks contestants will take to win. In October 2021, Jonathan Goodwin was injured after he "was struck by two vehicles suspended in the air" and fell to the stage while rehearsing a stunt on the set of the NBC talent show, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE at the time. Days after revealing that he is now in a wheelchair, the former escapologist and self-described daredevil, 42, shared an optimistic message with his followers, writing, "When things go wrong ... try not to panic. Take a minute ... take a breath. Then work out how to move forward." Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. AGT's Jonathan Goodwin, Paralyzed in Accident, Shares Inspirational Message: 'Make a New Plan' Mandel revealed on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast the secret to the show's long-term success is the friendship between himself and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara, as well as host Terry Crews. From left: Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell. Trae Patton/NBC Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "The secret sauce to AGT is we all love each other," he shared. "Terry, me, Simon, Heidi, and Sofia really enjoy each other off-camera, out of the show, and respect each other — but don't agree a lot, which also makes it real and fun." Mandel — who is partnering with NOCD, a company which provides treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, a condition he has — also shared a look at how he copes with his own mental health struggles. Howie Mandel Is 'Recovering' From Being 'Depressed, Neurotic' in COVID Isolation: 'I Went Insane' "I'm surrounded by incredible loved ones who I can lean on and talk to," he shared. "I'm lucky enough to have great professional help around me in the way of psychiatry and therapy and medication." He added that he hopes everyone can make mental health a priority in the same way. "I think if we take care of our mental health, we will be taking care of the world," he explained. "I think you'll become more productive, happier, and it'll just be a safer place for each and every one of us." Check out more episodes of PEOPLE Every Day, airing on Apple podcasts, iHeartMedia, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music or wherever you listen to your podcasts.