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Tyra Banks Named Host of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Variety logo Variety 3/12/2017 Debra Birnbaum
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Tyra Banks has been named the new host of “America’s Got Talent.”

Howie Mandel, who serves as one of the show’s judges, made the announcement Sunday via Twitter.

Banks replaces Nick Cannon, who has served as host of “America’s Got Talent” since 2009. Cannon announced last month that he was leaving the show after a falling out with the network over a joke told on a Showtime comedy special.

In the special, Cannon told a racially charged joke employing “NBC” as an acronym incorporating a racial slur. He claimed in a Facebook post that NBC executives threatened to terminate him over the joke.

“After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke,” Cannon wrote.

Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” is set to begin filming this month, along with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Mel B. Cowell, who also serves as an executive producer, joined the judgin panel last season.

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