The reason for her exit? Tyra Banks has reportedly decided to leave America's Got Talent to focus on the producing side of her thriving career. The news comes according to an exclusive by Page Six. Adding to her reported decision to exit is the success of the long-awaited sequel to Life-Size -- Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve.
According to the report, the sequel and its tremendous performance have led to a bevy of offers for Tyra Banks. Those proposals include roles both in front of and behind the camera. So the good news is that Banks should not be away from the entertainment scene for too long following her reported AGT departure.
Tyra Banks took over hosting duties on America's Got Talent from Nick Cannon in Season 12. Accordingly, she has hosted the show for two seasons since joining. The series is currently coming up on Season 14.
If she is leaving, it would not be the first time that Tyra Banks exited a high-profile hosting job. She previously created, hosted, and judged America's Next Top Model for over 20 seasons.
One sign that Tyra Banks may be on her way to departing America's Got Talent is that she is not set to host the show's spinoff. A few months ago, it was announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews would host America's Got Talent: The Champions. That show is set to premiere in January 2019.
If Tyra Banks were to continue hosting America's Got Talent, it stands to reason she would have also hosted the spinoff. Of course, one may not have anything to do with the other. But she is the only member of the current America's Got Talent cast not to also sign on for the spinoff.
While the report mentions Tyra Banks moving on to produce, one would hope that will include her presence on-screen. The success of Life-Size 2 should hopefully propel the franchise to even more follow-ups in the future. Given how excited fans were for a sequel, imagine how well a television series would do? Just putting it out there.
As for who will take over as host of America's Got Talent from Tyra Banks, the report did not say. If Terry Crews is available and willing, he would be the perfect person to take over hosting the original series. The actor and host is quite busy, though, with the newly revived Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiering January 10 on NBC. So it may be too much to ask for him to keep hosting AGT. Time will tell.
A premiere date for America's Got Talent's fourteenth season has not been revealed yet. America's Got Talent: The Champions premieres Monday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The reality competition is among many new shows that await viewers in the new year.