When it comes to replacing ex-“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, our readers have two dream choices that they think would be perfect for the long-running NBC reality TV show: Ryan Seacrest and Mario Lopez. Seacrest nabbed 37% of the vote in our recent poll asking who should replace Cannon, while Lopez clocked in at 14%. Do you agree or disagree with our readers’ choices? Be sure to sound off in the comments section below with your own host suggestions.
Seacrest gained international fame by hosting “American Idol” for the past 15 years on Fox, but after the show ended in 2016 he’s been out of a night job. He worked with “AGT” creator/judge Simon Cowell for nine years on “Idol” before Cowell exited that show to start an American version of “The X Factor,” also on Fox. Lopez ended up hosting “The X Factor” for its second and third seasons (replacing Steve Jones) before the show ended up being cancelled thanks in part to losing in the ratings against NBC’s “The Voice.”
Following Seacrest and Lopez in our “AGT” host poll is actor Joel McHale with 9% of the vote. McHale is a former host of “The Soup” who already has a cozy relationship with the Peacock net, as his comedy “Community” aired there for many years. Three-time Emmy champ Jane Lynch, who also hosted the Emmys in 2011, comes in fourth place with 7% of the vote. Our readers agree that she’s amazing every time she’s on live TV and would be a welcome addition to “America’s Got Talent.”
Next in our poll results is a tie between Billy Bush and RuPaul Charles with 6% support apiece. Bush is currently looking for work after being fired by “Today” following the release of the Trump tape, while reigning Best Reality Host winner Charles would be absolutely fabulous as the new “AGT” ringleader. Everybody else in our poll nabbed less than 5% of the vote: Margaret Cho, Chelsea Handler, Patton Oswalt and Amy Schumer.
“America’s Got Talent” has gone through many personnel changes since it debuted in 2006, with a trio of hosts and nine different celebrity judges. The four current judges on the panel for this summer’s 12th season are Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Nick Cannon quit “AGT” this week thanks to the fallout from a racy joke he told on a Showtime special.