Tyra Banks Named As New Host Of 'America's Got Talent'

Tyra Banks is headed to NBC's "America's Got Talent," as host for Season 12!

"Since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how 'AGT' brings that feeling into everyone's home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true," Tyra said in a statement regarding the news. "I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I'll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!"

Tyra Banks attends Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Money 2016 on September 24, 2016 at Cedar Lake in New York City

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She also Tweeted about the news on Sunday.

"Surprise! TyTy is the new host of #AGT @nbcagt!" she wrote.

The supermodel, who created and executive produced "America's Next Top Model" for 23 cycles, will be joining judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Simon Cowell.

"Welcome to the 'America's Got Talent' family, Tyra! This is really exciting," Simon Cowell said in a statement.

Howie Mandel also shared his excitement to have the supermodel join the show, Tweeting about it on Sunday.

"Hi TyTy. I'm HowHow Teach me how to smize kween @tyrabanks!"

He followed up with, "i'm excited. #AGT"

Tyra will be replacing former host Nick Cannon.

-- Stephanie Swaim

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