HOWIE Mandel has assured fans he is not being held captive after a conspiracy theory circulated he was sending secret help signals on TikTok.
The America's Got Talent judge told his fans in a video: “I'm ok, I have not been kidnapped. I'm fine. This is crazy. Nobody is making me do this. I'm fine people.”
Up until this confirmation Howie hadn’t addressed the rumours and there were no reports to substantiate the wild theory going around.
The comedian went on to thank his fans for worrying about him but assured them he was really fine and was not being held captive or hiding any “signs” in his videos.
Despite Howie’s assurances, some viewers of his video were unconvinced.
One wrote: “Who else didnt believe the rumors until now.”
The conspiracy theories all started when a TikTok user by the name of @baldiyadi posted a series of videos decoding Howie's alleged "secret messages" hidden in his own TikTok videos.
Fans then began to worry the comedian was being held captive in real life.
One of the TikTok videos that got fans speculating about his apparent hostage situation, was Howie instructing his viewers on how to create a "shoe bag."
"Hi people, Howie Mandel, here. Creativity in under one minute," he begins.
"All you need is a regular shopping bag, a pencil, and a pair of scissors."
He proceeds to cut the edges off of the top corners of a brown paper bag and writes "shoe stuff" on the front.
"Then you created a bag where you can put all your shoe stuff," he explains.
"It's easy to reach into. You can go, 'oh, where's my extra laces, or, where's my stuff for my shoes?'"
"Keep joining in for other craft ideas," he concludes.
Although they may have been created with a comedic lens, some fans were sure it was a secret cry for help.
Fans believe Howie is asking for help in his TikTok videos by speaking to them in code.
TikTok creator @baliyadi kicked off the rumor mill with a video analyzing the apparent messages in one of Howie's TikToks.
In part one of her five-part TikTok series, she explains how Howie is wearing a Santa Monica lifeguard sweatshirt in his video, apparently signaling his whereabouts.
He then allegedly points to the letters "S," "O," "S" on his hoodie, an international code signal of extreme distress, used especially by ships at sea.
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