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Mel B, Heidi, And Tyra Say Goodbye To 'AGT' As New Judges Are Announced

Trae Patton - NBC

This week's dramatic finale of America’s Got Talent: The Champions surprised the audience as fan-favorite act Darci Lynne Farmer returned in a judges’ wildcard spot.

But there was an even bigger surprise in store, as the show’s producers revealed that the next season would feature two new judges plus a new host.

Mel B. and Heidi Klum will reportedly be stepping down from the judging desk after The Champions wraps, and host Tyra Banks will not be back for season 14 either.

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'Bad Boys II' star Gabrielle Union and pro dancer Julianne Hough will join the judges next season.Gina Hughes / The Heart Truth - Wikimedia

In their place, actress Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) and Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) will join series creator Simon Cowell and funnyman Howie Mandel as judges. And Terry Crews, who filled in for Banks in the special Champions season, will hang on to the microphone as the show’s new host.

Both Mel and Heidi joined the hit talent show in season eight, when they replaced departing judge Sharon Osbourne.

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Terry Crews replaces Tyra Banks as the show's full-time host.Trae Patton - NBC

A source close to the AGT producers told ET that there is "no drama" behind the hosting change-up, and all three departing stars simply "have major projects coming up that they need to focus on."

The results episode of America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs Monday, February 18 at 8 p.m ET/PT, while season 14 of the regular series premieres this summer.

[H/T: Variety]

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