Tyra Banks Replaces Nick Cannon
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) March 12, 2017
Banks also confirmed the news stating,
Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. 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!
Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment, stated,
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.
The news of Banks’ hiring comes a few weeks after Cannon announced that he was leaving the show, after NBC reportedly threatened to fire him over a racial joke made during his Showtime comedy special. Banks will be on the show’s upcoming 12th season.