Tyra Banks is taking over as host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, replacing Nick Cannon for the show’s upcoming 12th season.
Banks’ hiring comes about a month after Cannon said he would not return to the show after NBC threatened to fire him over what he said was a racial joke made during his Showtime comedy special Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.
Howie Mandel, one of the show’s judges, tweeted the news about Banks on Sunday.
In making the official announcement, Banks said: “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!”
“Smize” is a reference to one of the catchphrases Banks used on America’s Next Top Model, a show she created and executive produced for 23 cycles. The former supermodel also has hosted her own talk show.
“Welcome to the America’s Got Talent family, Tyra! This is really exciting,” said Simon Cowell, executive producer, judge and creator of the Got Talent format.
Banks is also CEO of The Tyra Banks Co. and recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm that invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. She also oversees the TZONE Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and face their challenges. Most recently, Banks created TYRA Beauty.
You go, girl!