Simon Cowell has revealed that he thought Tyra Banks wanting to become the America’s Got Talent host was a prank.

The America’s Next Top Model host was recently announced as the new host of the show taking over from Nick Cannon following his abrupt exit.

Simon, who co-created America’s Got Talent, admitted that he knew very little about Cannon’s departure until it was too late.

“I didn’t know much about (Cannon’s exit) – maybe I should have known more about it…,” he mused to Entertainment Tonight. “Anyway, it happened. I spoke to him, I thought he was going to come back but he wasn’t – then he was, wasn’t – and then in the end, we decided to start filming without him.”

The show soon got a new host though but Simon couldn’t believe it when he heard Tyra wanted to discuss the position.

“After one day, we get a phone call – Tyra Banks wants to meet,” he recalled. “I thought I was being (pranked) to be honest with you!”

Nick, who fronted the series from 2009 to 2016, publicly congratulated Tyra on her new gig too.

Simon is joined by Melanie Brown, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel on the panel for season 12.

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