Tyra Banks new host of “America’s Got Talent”

It was announced today that former supermodel and America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks will be the new host of America’s Got Talent. The reality series returns for its 12th season this summer. Banks will be the fourth judge of the series, after Regis Philbin hosted the first season, Jerry Springer hosting the second and third, followed by Nick Cannon hosting the fourth through eleventh.

Cannon quit the series back in February, after NBC had discussed firing him over some comments he made during his most recent stand-up special. Banks, meanwhile, stepped down from ANTM last year to focus on other areas of interest, but still made two cameos on the series’ most recent season.

Judge Howie Mandel welcomed Banks via Twitter today after her Twitter handle announced the news.

America’s Got Talent will begin production in the next few weeks.

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