The new host of the NBC competition program “America’s Got Talent” is a veteran of 22 seasons as host of “America’s Top Model.” Tyra Banks and “AGT” mainstay Howie Mandel both confirmed Banks’ hiring Sunday on social media, with Banks sending out a tweet to let her followers in on the news.
NBC also issued an official announcement Sunday.
“Banks replaces Nick Cannon, who announced his resignation from the show in a Facebook post,” USA Today reports. “He said that he was quitting after he was threatened with termination by the network for making racial jokes about the show on a cable special.”
Cannon wrote in that post: “I was to be punished for a joke … My soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices.”
Cannon’s clash with NBC was centered on material he did for his Showtime comedy special “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot,” as we reported last month.
Banks remains an executive producer on “America’s Next Top Model,” which moved from the CW to VH1 last year.