‘America’s Got Talent’: Which Celebrities Were on the Show for Only 1 Season?
There are four celebrities who were on the show for only one season. Find out who they are and the reasons given for their quick departure.
1. Regis Philbin
The competition show kicked off with Regis Philbin hosting the show back in 2006. The talk show host was later replaced by Jerry Springer who lasted two seasons.
Philbin reportedly stepped down, according to Next TV. He gave a statement on why he made that decision.
“Unfortunately, since the show is taped in Los Angeles, I underestimated the impact the heavy travel schedule would have on my daily syndicated talk show,” read the statement.
2. Brandy Norwood
Grammy winner, Brandy Norwood was a judge on the first season of the show. Norwood then was involved in a four-car accident, which resulted in a death of a motorist.
She was later replaced by Sharon Osbourne on the show. “Brandy has enjoyed her association with [America’s Got Talent.] However, she felt she couldn’t give the new season the attention and commitment it deserved,” Courtney Barnes, Norwood’s representative, said in a separate statement according to Reality TV World.
3. Gabrielle Union
The actor judged on season 14 of the show. It was later announced that she wouldn’t be returning and she spoken negatively about her experience.
Gabrielle Union told Variety Simon Cowell would smoke indoors, which affected her health because she’s allergic. “I couldn’t escape. I ended up staying sick for two months straight. It was a cold that lingered, and turned into bronchitis, because I couldn’t shake it. It impacted my voice, which affects my ability to do my job,” she said.
There was also a report from Variety that Union spoke up about Jay Leno allegedly telling a racist joke while filming. Union reportedly wanted producers to report the alleged incident to human resources, but they didn’t. A source also claimed her hair was considered “too Black” for the show’s audience.
SAG-AFTRA opened an investigation into the claims. NBC ended its own investigation and released a statement about some of these claims.
The statement given to Page Six claimed the investigation “revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time.”
4. Julianne Hough
Union’s only season also included dancer Julianne Hough. Hough was also replaced after just one season.
The same Variety report claimed Hough was criticized for her hair, makeup and wardrobe. This reportedly affected her morale. However, her statement given to respond made a different claim.
“I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC,” she said. “I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
She worked with the network again through the special, “Holidays With the Houghs.”
These four celebrities left or replaced after one season. Some of the exits were full of controversy.