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Tyra Banks reportedly blending well with 'America's Got Talent' despite "diva" warnings


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/17/2017 

Tyra Banks has been filming America's Got Talent for almost a week now and everything is reportedly copacetic.

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Nick Cannon hosted each summer edition of America's Got Talent since Season 4, so naturally Banks filling his shoes for the upcoming twelfth season would be a transition to fear. However, TMZ reported that Banks is fitting in wonderfully.

According to sources close to America's Got Talent, Banks is already building chemistry with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Melanie "Mel B" Brown, who are very excited to work with the former supermodel.

Production assistants were reportedly warned that Banks would arrive on the set Monday in Los Angeles with a diva attitude and intimidating personality, but she has allegedly proven her critics wrong -- at least so far, in the last five days of taping.

America's Got Talent producers also love the America's Next Top Model creator's over-the-top approach to hosting the show even though it's "way different" from how Cannon used to handle things, TMZ reported.

While Banks' style of running the show is not necessarily better than what Cannon brought to the table, it's a big change.

"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," Banks, 43, said in a statement when NBC announced her recent hiring.

"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!"

NBC President Paul Telegdy called Banks "the complete package" as well as "talented, funny, brilliant" and full of heart.

Last month, Cannon insisted he was done with AGT after feeling he was "publicly reprimanded and ridiculed" by his network bosses over a joke made in a recent TV comedy special on Showtime. He said he needed to walk away from the show in order to preserve his self respect.

"NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand... I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn't have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity," Cannon explained in a statement at the time.

Cannon's joke that allegedly "disparaged" the NBC brand has not been confirmed; however, he claimed in the "Stand Up, Don't Shoot" comedy special that hosting America's Got Talent stole his "real n--ger card" and hurt his credibility in the black community.


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