Tyra Banks has been named the new host of NBC's America's Got Talent, replacing longtime host Nick Cannon.
NBC officially announced that Banks would take over as host of America's Got Talent starting with season 12 this summer. The supermodel and businesswoman taught the world to "smize" and much more during her extended run as host of America's Next Top Model and is ready to take a grander stage on AGT.
"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. "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!"
Simon Cowell, the creator, executive producer and now judge on America's Got Talent, is happy to have Banks onboard, saying in his own statement, "Welcome to the 'America's Got Talent' family, Tyra! This is really exciting."
The America's Got Talent fanbase is split on whether Banks will be a good host. Check out some of the top tweets regarding the matter below:
— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) March 13, 2017
— Brandon Mychal Smith (@BrandonSmithCEO) March 13, 2017
— Colleen Worsley (@bono217) March 13, 2017
#AGT got new host. I hate the way things went and how Nick Cannon left. Tyra Banks? She should be fine but Nick was sensational
— temitope (@temirules23) March 13, 2017
As much as I love Tyra Banks we come from someone funny to someone kind of boring I was hoping for Marlon Wayans like rumors said #AGT
— Bilingual (@farrahparisian) March 13, 2017
Woah Tyra Banks is the new host of AGT! I'm sure she's gonna be great!
— Beks (@rebekahfruge) March 13, 2017
Banks coming on as host of America’s Got Talent comes after Cannon publicly quit the job due to conflicts with NBC. Cannon posted a lengthy Facebook rant about NBC executives being upset with the host for making provocative comments in his comedy special.
America's Got Talent season 12 premieres this summer on NBC, though a specific premiere date has not yet been announced.