NBC’s ‘Got Talent’ gets Banks as host
“America’s Got Talent” nabbed a new host over the weekend, and now NBC’s long-running reality series might as well be renamed “America’s Got Top Model.”
The network announced Sunday that Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer of “America’s Next Top Model,” will be replacing Nick Cannon as host when the series returns for Season 12 this summer.
“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,” said Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group.
In a lengthy February Facebook post, Cannon announced that he would be leaving “AGT” after a dispute with network executives over a joke in his recent Showtime comedy special.
“I now have to set out on a journey of freedom as an artist,” wrote Cannon. “So I wish ‘AGT’ and NBC the best in its upcoming season, but I can not see myself returning.”
Banks returns to reality TV after hosting “America’s Next Top Model” from 2003 to 2015.
“Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible,” Banks said in a statement released Sunday. “I love how ‘AGT’ brings that feeling into everyone’s home.”
— Los Angeles Times