Spinger to Host America’s Got Talent

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NBC has named popular talk show host Jerry Springer (“The Jerry Springer Show”) as the new host of “America’s Got Talent,” when the hit variety-talent competition series returns to the network line-up this summer.

The announcement was made by Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

“Jerry Springer is the perfect ringmaster to harness all the incredibly diverse talent of ‘America’s Got Talent’ under one big tent,” said Plestis. “To say the least, he is known for presiding over an unpredictable show where the unexpected is the typical order of each day.”

Added series’ executive producer, Simon Cowell, “I am absolutely thrilled that Jerry has agreed to host the next season of our show for a number of reasons, he is the perfect person for this show. I wish him (and he is going to need it!) the best of luck.”

“I’ve been around some of America’s most talented individuals on my talk show for the last 16 years, so I’ll feel right at home hosting ‘America’s Got Talent,’ said Springer. “I love the show and look forward to discovering the best performers from across the country.”

Bringing the variety format back to the forefront of American culture, “America’s Got Talent” showcases the hottest performers from across the country, with the winner being chosen by the television viewing audience. Each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful future stars — singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages who have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges. For information on auditions for the new season, please go to NBC.com.