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Cannon to replace Springer on 'Got Talent'

NicksuitActor/singer Nick Cannon has been tapped as the new host of NBC'ssummer reality show "America's got Talent."

Actor/singer Nick Cannon has signed a deal with NBC that includes hosting its summer reality show "America's got Talent."

On the series' upcoming fourth season, Cannon will succeed Jerry Springer, who bowed out last week.

Cannon is the third host for "Talent," which launched in 2006 with Regis Philbin as emcee.

"Nick exemplifies the spirit of 'America's Got Talent' with his talent, originality and an infectious love of performing and creating," NBC's head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy said. "His popularity and appeal are sure to take the series to a new level of success."

Cannon also negotiated an agreement with NBC that involves unspecified future projects.
"This is just the first of multiple projects we are looking to do with Nick at NBC," said NBC co-chair Ben Silverman. "He’s a true triple threat, a multi-talented producer, actor and musician."

Cannon brings a younger face to "Got Talent," whose celebrity judges are Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff. Though "Talent" is the most-watched show in the summer among total viewers, NBC wouldn't mind boosting its 18-49 demographic. 

That NBC had a replacement ready this soon to step in for Springer shows that the talk show host's departure announcement last week was no surprise to the network. -- Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report