“America’s Got Talent” has tapped supermodel Tyra Banks to be the new host of the show’s upcoming 12th season.
“Please welcome Tyra Banks to the NBC AGT family! She’s our new host,” Howie Mandel, one of the show’s judges, announced the news on a Twitter post.
The “America’s Next Top Model” creator shared her excitement in an official statement (via Hollywood Report). She praised the talent contest show for making dreams come true for the deserving people with special abilities.
“I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed,” an excerpt from Banks’ statement reads.
Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president, explained their decision to hire the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model.
“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. Her vivacious spirit will infuse AGT in a big way,” Telegdy stated.
Tyra Banks will be joining Mandel and other judges, namely: Mel B, co-Victoria’s Secret angel Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell, who is also the executive producer and creator of the “Got Talent” format.
Bank’s appointment was made a month after Nick Cannon decided to walk away from the reality series. Cannon was reportedly threatened with termination by the network following his racial jokes in his Showtime comedy special, “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.”
In lengthy Facebook and Instagram posts, the rapper expressed his frustration, claiming that he won’t work with corporations that “attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices.”
Although he loved and enjoyed hosting the show, Cannon chose not to return for the upcoming season.
Meanwhile, “America’s Got Talent” is set to return this summer on NBC.