Sofia Vergara is the new judge on America’s Got Talent.
It was announced on Thursday (Feb. 27) that the much-loved actress will be taking a seat at the judge’s table alongside Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel for the 15thseason of the talent competition show. Fans will recall that Vergara is currently finishing up her final season of Modern Family, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect!
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“I am so happy to join my new family on America’s Got Talent,” Vergara said in an Instagram post on Thursday (Feb. 27.) “This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I’m extremely proud to be the first Latin judge on the show. I can’t wait to watch all the new talent and have fun with all you guys!”
The news comes shortly after what ended up becoming quite the turbulent past season at the judge’s table, with Season 14 judge Gabrielle Union still claiming that there was a ‘toxic culture’ on set. Julianne Hough will also not be returning to the show at this time.
Yet, show executives sound like they are more than ready to move on.
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“Sofia’s infectious energy and sharp wit will blend perfectly with returning favorites Heidi, Simon, Howie, and Terry,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, in the network’s press release, according to Entertainment Tonight. “As both a respected actress and successful entrepreneur, she embodies the American dream that is synonymous with AGT’s transformative stage.”