Nick Cannon takes over as ‘America’s Got Talent’ host

02.09.09 9 years ago

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Less than a week after the departure of Jerry Springer, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” has landed a new host.

NBC announced Monday (Feb. 9) that versatile performer Nick Cannon will take over hosting duties when “America’s Got Talent” returns to the network next summer for its fourth season.

“Nick exemplifies the spirit of ‘America’s Got Talent’ with his talent, originality and an infectious love of performing and creating,” says Paul Telegdy, executive vice president, alternative programming, for NBC and Universal Media Studios. “His popularity and appeal are sure to take the series to a new level of success.” 

Cannon had his breakout as one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s series “All That.” He moved on to become star and executive producer on “The Nick Cannon Show,” also at Nickelodeon. In 2005, he branched out to MTV as writer, director, host and producer of “Nick Cannon Presents Wild’n Out.”

His movie acting credits include “Bobby” and the recent Sundance flick “The Killing Room.” 

As a musician, Cannon has also recorded a self-titled album and worked with a variety of other artists on soundtracks and outside projects.

Get the point that Nick Cannon is a busy guy? NBC hopes to make him even busier.

“This is just the first of multiple projects we are looking to do with Nick at NBC,” says Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC and Universal Media Studios. “He’s a true triple threat, a multi-talented producer, actor and musician. We are excited to welcome him to the NBC family.” 

Springer is the only departing piece of the “America’s Got Talent” team, with celebrity judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff slated to return to oversee the search for a $1 million talent.

“I’m thrilled to be with working with NBC,” Cannon says in the network statement. “Ben Silverman and Paul Teledgy understand my vision as not only an entertainer but as a creative show producer. I look forward to working with the network and their executive team on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and other shows to come.” 

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