NBC confirmed this week that Emmy Award winner Tyra Banks has joined NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Banks will join the show as host for the upcoming 12th season. The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
Banks said in a statement, “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!”
“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.
“Tyra is the complete package: Out-of-this-world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart. In whatever she has done, she has always connected with audiences around the world,” Telegdy said. “Her vivacious spirit will infuse ‘AGT’ in a big way.”
“Not only is Tyra smart and beautiful, she’s also warm, compassionate and a lot of fun,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. “She will fit right into the crazy world of ‘AGT.’”
Bank created, and executive produced, the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series “America’s Next Top Model”. The show ran for 23 cycles and “ANTM” currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia, Africa and Australia.
As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Banks was also the first model to grace the cover of GQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria’s Secret catalog. She was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Smartest in Television. She was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s coveted Women of the Year, alongside former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She won two Emmy Awards for “The Tyra Show,” the first show ever to receive the award in the new informative category. Her infamous line, “Kiss my fat ass!” made TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. She was listed twice on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and took the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of top earning women in primetime for two years in a row.
Banks is CEO of the Tyra Banks Company, and in 2012 she graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School. Banks recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies. These companies include firms that are female-led or female-focused. Most recently, Banks created TYRA Beauty.
Returning for season 12 are creator and judge Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. The series returns to Los Angeles this summer with live shows from the famed Dolby Theatre. Last summer’s exciting finale came down to teen singing sensation Grace VanderWaal and spell-binding illusionist duo the Clairvoyants. The charming VanderWaal triumphed and won America’s hearts. VanderWaal went on to release her first EP, titled “Perfectly Imperfect,” which became the highest-selling EP of 2016, demonstrating the power of “AGT” to create an instant star. Also, her “Got Talent” audition video was one of the top trending videos of the year and currently has over 135 million views.