The America's Got Talent judge's July 3 TikTok video featuring a satirical "shoe stuff" video tutorial went over the heads of many TikTok users, who came up with the conspiracy theory that he was being held captive. The video went viral with millions of views. Mandel tells Buzzfeed he had no idea millions of TikTok users were worried for his safety until his children and YouTuber David Dobrik, a personal friend of his, called to tell him. "I was laughing hysterically at all the signs," he says. "Someone said, 'Do I want to comment on it?' And I said what? There is nothing (to comment on)." Mandel even posted a video on Monday assuring everybody he's okay, but the conspiracy theories have persisted.