Nick Cannon Takes Over Hosting America's Got Talent

Attention America’s Got Talent fans! It looks like there’s a new host moving in to take over for Jerry Springer when the series resumes this summer. NBC announced today that Nick Cannon has been signed on to take over as host for the series, which was originally hosted by Regis Philbin, who was later replaced by Jerry Springer.

While the three judges, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff are set to return to their seats at the table when the talent competition returns this summer, Jerry Springer has reportedly stepped down from his hosting role on Talent in order to spend more time on a summer theater production and his syndicated talk show. NBC announced today that Nick Cannon will be the new host. “Nick exemplifies the spirit of 'America's Got Talent' with his talent, originality and an infectious love of performing and creating,” said Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming at NBC, Paul Telegdy. "His popularity and appeal are sure to take the series to a new level of success.”

Cannon, who is married to singer Mariah Carey got his big break on Nickelodeon’s All That about a decade ago. Since then he’s starred in Drumline and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Cannon’s own versatile background should make him a nice fit for this new gig. In addition to his mostly comedic roles in film and television, the man also raps. I think we can expect a different hosting style from what we’ve seen from Philbin in the series’ first season and Springer in the more recent seasons. Talent is no stranger to changing things up on the host and judge front. In addition to host changes, the series, which will resume with its fourth season this summer, replaced original judge Brandy Norwood with Sharon Osbourne after the first season. If fans of the popular competition series have been able to adjust to different hosts and a new judge in the previous seasons, it’s doubtful that anyone will have a hard time adjusting to Cannon when he takes over.

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