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March 04, 2020

Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum Join 'America's Got Talent' as Season 15 Judges

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Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum set to join the judges on NBC hit singing competition, "America's Got Talent." 

With the impending end of "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara has signed on to be a judge on Season 15 of "America's Got Talent."

Sofia Vergara attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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The announcement became public after Access Online revealed that NBC had shared an Instagram post to that effect.

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In addition to Sofia joining the singing competition's judges, fans were also informed that Heidi Klum, who previously had a spot at the judges' table between 2013 and 2018, would be returning. 

The German-American model and television personality had subsequently taken to social media to also share the good news with a picture of her and Sofia posing for the camera. 

Through the post's caption, Heidi made it known that returning to the show with Sofia in tow was the "icing on the cake" for her.

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The duo's inclusion on AGT came after the show's owners let go of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough after the 2019 season. 

Hollywood Reporter recounted that Gabrielle had been fired after she complained of a "toxic culture" on the unscripted TV series.

The actress had explained that she had taken offense at a racially insensitive joke that was made by guest judge Jay Leno even though it was cut from the episode's broadcast.

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Gabrielle also added that she had been told that her hairstyles were "too black."

NBC and SAG-AFTRA had subsequently launched formal investigations into the mother-of-one's complaints. 

NBC Entertainment chief, Paul Telegdy, had also assured reporters that there would be new practices put in place to address the issues raised by Gabrielle.

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Variety further disclosed that the results of the NBC probe are expected to be unveiled sometime in March. 

While many await that, the site noted that Gabrielle's supporters and social media users had become laser-focused on the concerns raised about the actress's hair.

After she was let go, the "Being Mary Jane" star had gone through "a lengthy 5-hour…productive meeting" that saw her expressing what she referred to as "unfiltered truth."

 

Meanwhile, Sofia and Heidi, who met with NBC back in December 2019, will join returning judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell.

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