Simon Cowell won’t be leaving the judge’s desk on America’s Got Talent anytime soon after NBC inked the show boss to a multi-year contract extension to remain on the show.
Cowell replaced Howard Stern as a judge in 2016 alongside Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum. He was quickly signed to a two-year deal, which was set to expire after the current season ends in October. His new deal will see him remain at the judge’s desk in addition to his executive producer role.
“Simon Cowell is an extraordinary showman whose success stories over the years on multiple continents speak for themselves,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled that he will continue as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and that his stewardship of the franchise will go forward for many years to come.”
Despite ‘AGT’ not officially being renewed yet for the 14th season, Cowell’s contract likely signals the show will be on the air for at least two more years. Simon will also serve as a judge and executive producer on ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’, which is set to debut on NBC in January 2019.
The winter special will air on Monday’s following the conclusion of The Voice and will feature past AGT contestants as well as acts from other “Got Talent” franchises in other countries.
America’s Got Talent is once again dominating summer programming, averaging a 3.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demo and a total of 14.6 million viewers overall.
“I want to thank NBC for their continued passion and belief for ‘America’s Got Talent’over the past few years,” Cowell said. “Without NBC, we wouldn’t be making ‘Got Talent’ and I’m very proud to work with them. Together, with a fantastic production team, we have been able to attract the best talent in the world. I’m very excited for the next few years.”