NBC will soon be naming new host

NBC expects to name a new host for summer reality competish “America’s Got Talent” in the coming weeks.

Jerry Springer, who hosted the past two seasons, announced Thursday that he was departing the show because of other time commitments — including his syndicated gabber and a stage production.

“This summer, I will be pursuing a wonderful opportunity in the theatre,” he said in a statement. “That, coupled with my syndicated talk show, leaves my plate more than full and thus, I will not be returning for season four.”

Springer replaced original “Talent” host Regis Philbin, who handled the show’s first season.

NBC/Universal Media Studios alternative exec VP Paul Telegdy said Springer has been “an important part of the ‘America’s Got Talent’ family. We thank him for his hard work and dedication to the show and congratulate him on this new endeavor.”

FremantleMedia North America produces “America’s Got Talent.”

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