“I am extremely excited to host ‘America’s Got Talent’ because it is one of my favorite shows on TV,” proclaims Terry Crews (watch above), the brand new host of NBC’s popular reality TV franchise. For the first time in the show’s history, talent from all over the world will compete on the “AGT” stage in a spinoff series dubbed “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” While the four judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — are back in action, Crews replaces the normal host Tyra Banks. Will you miss Banks on the show? Sound off down in the comments section.
“My family and I sit down and watch this,” Crews reveals about why he signed on to host “Champions,” which debuts January 7 on NBC. “We get thrills. We get chills. We get laughs. We get frills. You get everything. It’s totally amazing and it’s a great family show. And now I’m a part of it! It’s really crazy. I mean, if your favorite show called you up would you not go? Yeah, I’d go. I did so. So I love this show and I’m with it. Thank you.”
Crews is now the fifth person to host “AGT” over the past 14 years. Banks served as ringleader from 2017 to 2018, replacing long-time emcee Nick Cannon who starred for eight seasons (2009-16). Jerry Springer hosted two years in a row (2007-08), while the very first presenter was Regis Philbin back in 2006. NBC has yet to announce whether Banks will return for Season 14, due out this summer, or whether Crews is the new permanent host.
In “Champions,” 50 former acts from around the globe return to compete for the new title. Among them are viral sensations Courtney Hadwin (“AGT” finalist in Season 13), Darci Lynne Farmer (“AGT” winner of Season 12) and Susan Boyle (“Britain’s Got Talent” runner-up in Season 3). See the complete list of the 50 returnees.
Crews is a relatively new addition to the NBC family after his comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was picked up by the peacock network following its highly publicized cancellation at Fox. He plays lovable detective Terry Jeffords on the police comedy, which returns for its sixth season on January 10.