NBC has made it official that Nick Cannon will definitely not be returning to “America’s Got Talent”, and on Sunday announced that supermodel Tyra Banks will be the new host of the TV talent competition when it returns for its 12th season this summer.
“Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible,” the “America’s Next Top Model” creator said in a statement. “I love how ‘AGT’ brings that feeling into everyone’s home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true. I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I’ll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!”
Banks received a shout out from the show’s producer/judge, with Simon Cowell saying: “Welcome to the ‘America’s Got Talent’ family, Tyra! This is really exciting.”
“Tyra is the complete package: Out-of-this-world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart. In whatever she has done, she has always connected with audiences around the world,” added NBC’s president of alternative and reality programming, Paul Telegdy. “Her vivacious spirit will infuse ‘AGT’ in a big way.”
“Not only is Tyra smart and beautiful, she’s also warm, compassionate and a lot of fun,” said Trish Kinane, president of entertainment programming, Fremantle North America. “She will fit right into the crazy world of ‘AGT.’”
Nick Cannon quit the show after getting into a dustup with producers over some comments he claims the network found unflattering in his recent standup comedy special. And he’s already let his feelings known about his replacement:
ET Canada’s Roz Weston caught up with “AGT” judge Howie Mandel on the red carpet of Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, where he described Banks’ being named host as being “newsworthy”. Watch: