Tyra Banks named host of 'America's Got Talent'

Tyra Banks has been named the new host of "America's Got Talent."

Howie Mandel, who serves as one of the show's judges, made the announcement Sunday via Twitter.

Banks replaces Nick Cannon, who has served as host of "America's Got Talent" since 2009. Cannon announced last month that he was leaving the show after a falling out with the network over a joke told on a Showtime comedy special.

In the special, Cannon told a racially charged joke employing "NBC" as an acronym incorporating a racial slur. He claimed in a Facebook post that NBC executives threatened to terminate him over the joke.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: Supermodel Tyra Banks arrives at the CBS/CW/Showtime Television Critic Association's summer press tour party at 9900 Wilshire Blvd on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 26: TV Personality/Model Tyra Banks attends The Paley Center For Media's Tribute To African American Achievements In Television at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 26, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Tyra Banks attends the 22nd annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Glamour Magazine)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Tyra Banks arrives at Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: TV personality Tyra Banks leaves the 'Good Afternoon America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on August 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Tyra Banks visits the New York Stock Exchange on March 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by: Charles Eshelman via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 28: TV Personality Tyra Banks attends 'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 22 premiere party at Greystone Manor on July 28, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
TV personality Tyra Banks signs copies of her new book 'Modelland' at Barnes & Noble 3rd Street Promenade on September 14, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by: Tommaso Boddi via Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Model Tyra Banks arrives at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: TV personality Tyra Banks arrives at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre on August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DE/Getty Images for ATI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Supermodel Tyra Banks attends the premiere party for Cycle 21 of 'America's Next Top Model' presented by NYLON magazine and the LINE messaging app at SupperClub Los Angeles on August 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Tyra Banks -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Tyra Banks attends the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 14: Tyra Banks arrives at the NBC And Time Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Hosted By Heidi Klum at Dolby Theatre on January 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Tyra Banks attends the Endometriosis Foundation of America's 4th annual Blossom Ball at The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on March 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
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"After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke," Cannon wrote.

Season 12 of "America's Got Talent" is set to begin filming this month, along with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Mel B. Cowell, who also serves as an executive producer, joined the judgin panel last season.

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Promo -- Pictured: (l-r) Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: TV personality Heidi Klum (L) and producer/TV personality Simon Cowell speak onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: (L-R) TV personalities Mel B, Heidi Klum and TV personality/producer Simon Cowell speak onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: TV personality Mel B speaks onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: TV personality Heidi Klum (L) and producer/TV personality Simon Cowell speak onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 01: (L-R) TV personalities Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and TV personality/producer Simon Cowell speak onstage during the 'America's Got Talent' panel at the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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