America’s Got Talent Gets A New Host – Tyra Banks!
NBC’s America’s Got Talent has found a new host after the departure of Nick Cannon for its upcoming 12th Season. Cannon was made to resign after he made a racial joke during his comedy special on Showtime; Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.
One of the judges Howie Mandel tweeted the news on Sunday. Banks had this to say; “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!”
You’re reading that right “Smize” is a catchphrase from America’s Net Top Model a show which Banks created, executive produced and hosted. She’s also had her own talk show. Simon Cowell, the executive producer, creator of the show as well as a judge on the show said this “Welcome to the America’s Got Talent family, Tyra! This is really exciting.”
When asked about Tyra new position former host Nick Cannon had this to say; “I was to be punished for a joke. This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my ‘team’ that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand,” he wrote. “I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.”
The problem with the joke in question was more about the fact that he trashed the network he worked for which was a breach of his contract violating the non-disparagement clause. His special on showtime trashed NBC seven times. Cannon often tiptoed around subtly trashing the network but this was the final straw for them.
Good Luck to Tyra Banks with her new hosting gig.