A massive cast shake up is going on over at NBC’s hit reality series America’s Got Talent. According to a new report, newbie judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are out after just one season on the show.
Variety is reporting that Union – an NAACP Image award winning actress – and Hough, a dancer and actress, will not be back for Season 15 after they replaced longtime judges Melanie Brown (AKA Mel B. from the Spice Girls) and Heidi Klum ahead of the show’s 14th season.
An insider says that judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell are expected to return for the 2020 season, along with host Terry Crews. However, the network has not announced who will replace Union and Hough.
It’s not clear why Union and Hough are exiting the show so quickly, but it is a rather common practice on AGT to cycle judges in and out. Over the years, the series has featured judges like Brandy Norwood, Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern, David Hasselhoff, and Piers Morgan. The show has also switched hosts several times, with Regis Philbin, Jerry Springer, Tyra Banks, and Nick Cannon hosting the show before Crews.
The talent show features acts from all across the country – and the world – including singers, dancers, magicians, stand-up comics, and more. When last year’s finale aired on September 18th it had more than 10 million viewers, making it one of the highest-rated shows of the year in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Union is moving on to other projects, like L.A.’s Finest, a female reboot of the Bad Boys films franchise which is heading into its second season. Union stars in the Spectrum original series alongside Jessica Alba, and she is also the producer of the series. Season 2 is expected to premiere in 2020.
As for Hough, fans can see her in the new Netflix anthology series Heartstrings, which is based on the songs of legendary country singer Dolly Parton.
Season 15 of America’s Got Talent will begin production in March, and it will premiere on NBC in the summer of 2020. And, the spin-off America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which features top acts from the global Got Talent franchise, premieres January 6th on NBC.