‘America’s Got Talent’: Why Mel B and Heidi Klum Are Being Replaced on the Show

America's Got Talent: The Champions
America’s Got Talent: The Champions | Trae Patton/NBC

America’s Got Talent is going to look different when it returns for Season 14. Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will be two new judges and Terry Crews will act as host. So why are Mel B and Heidi Klum getting replaced? Here is everything you need to know.

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are replacing Heidi Klum and Mel B to reinvent

Actress Julianne Hough standing in a crowd posing for the camera
Julianne Hough | Charley Gallay/Getty Images

It has been announced that actress Gabrielle Union and professional dancer Julianne Hough will be two new judges on the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent. This means that Heidi Klum and Mel B are officially done.

One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of America’s Got Talent is its fearless drive to reinvent itself,” explained Meredith Ahr, President of Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment according to Deadline. “The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel.”

| Gabrielle Union via Instagram

So why were Union and Hough chosen to step in? “Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines,” said Ahr. “As their partner in crime, host Terry Crews will continue to light up the stage with his quick wit and unending charm.”

Hough has some judging experience from being one on Dancing with the Stars. Union has been starring on the show, Being Mary Jane.

It was previously reported that talks of replacements started with Mel B

Mel B is a pink dress and talking on the judge panel.
Mel B. on America’s Got Talent | NBC

This news might not totally be surprising given there were reports of the judges table changing for next season. “The word on the street is they are replacing all AGT judges except Simon [Cowell],” a source told Page Six. “It started with [talk about replacing] Mel B and now it’s everyone. Tyra [Banks] is gone.”

The source also said “Simon’s ready for new judges.” Cowell’s position on the show was safe given he just renewed a multi-year deal with NBC. Banks left her hosting position to pursue other opportunities.

Tyra’s been inundated with producing and acting requests… she wants to produce and create TV. She will not be returning to AGT in the new year,” a source previously told Page Six. Terry Crews recently hosted America’s Got Talent: The Champions so it makes sense that he has been announced as the replacement for the host.

America’s Got Talent also reportedly has been preparing to go up against The World’s Best

The World's Best
The World’s Best | CBS

America’s Got Talent’s changes are also because it won’t be the only talent show on television anymore. The World’s Best just premiered and an executive on the show claimed the NBC show already started fighting back.

It’s a competitive industry and no one is more competitive than NBC. That’s why they have America’s Got Talent: The Champions on. That was a direct shot at us,” Mike Darnell said according to Deadline.

“That’s okay; we’re ready for the challenge,” he continued. “We’ve got the next new spin on the variety show.”

So the replacements are probably to refresh America’s Got Talent, especially since it has new competition on television. We will have to wait and see how the change will affect the show next season.

Read more: How ‘The World’s Best’ Is Different from ‘America’s Got Talent’

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