Simon Cowell “Shocked” by Nick Cannon’s AGT Departure

Posted by Kelli on March 30, 2017

Just like the rest of us, industry veteran, Simon Cowell, was reportedly shocked when Nick Cannon decided to leave America’s Got Talent. Along with fellow judges, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum, Cowell was very candid about how things went down.

Nick Cannon
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“I didn’t know much about it — maybe I should have known more about it,” Cowell explained. “I mean, look, the point is that he was the first to send me a bottle of champagne on the first day [as a] congratulations, which interestingly, he didn’t send to the others.”


Well, that’s a bit telling, isn’t it? It sounds like there’s a rift there with the other panelists. Cowell also went on to explain that things were a bit confusing for a while.


“I didn’t know that Nick wasn’t going to be on the show until about two or three weeks before we started filming, and no one told me about this stuff,” he said. “Anyway, it happened. I spoke to him, I thought he was going to come back but he wasn’t — then he was, wasn’t — and then in the end, we decided to start filming without him. After one day, we get a phone call — Tyra Banks wants to meet. I thought I was being wound up to be honest with you.”


So what does Cowell think of Banks as the new host? He acknowledged that Nick Cannon “has been really good” which makes him hard to replace. The former American Idol judge said that Banks is “funny” and that he thinks “she is having a good time” but he didn’t exactly endorse her.

Meanwhile, Mandel referred to her as the “consummate professional.” Don’t take that as a slight to Cannon just yet, though. Mandel had kind words to say about the former host.


“He’s holding up great, he is so excited, he’s doing a lot,” Mandel said. “He’s really creating a lot on digital and on his own. He’s got tons of businesses. I don’t know where this guy gets all this energy, but he is a warrior. He’s creative, he’s made his own decisions.”


What about his controversial departure, though? Does Mandel agree with that?


“I was heartbroken that I’m not getting a chance to work with him right now,” he continued. “I hope I get to work with him again in the future, but you know, God bless him that he is out there and doing what he wants. Life is short, do what you need to do.”


Of course, Klum was a bit more supportive of the transition, however. She and Banks were Victoria’s Secrets Angels together back in the day, after all.


“Yes, we have Tyra Banks in the house,” Klum exclaimed. “She’s our new host, which is fabulous, because girls rule. Now we’re three girls against two boys, which is fabulous. It’s a lot of fun. It’s definitely different to see her come onto the stage. We’re used to seeing Nick coming onto the stage, but I have to say, she fit right in there, you know.”


The ladies did reveal that Nick sent them flowers wishing them the best and congratulating Tyra Banks on her new gig. He’s a class act.


In case you care, America’s Got Talent returns May 30, 2017 on NBC.

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