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Nick Cannon He Quit 'AGT' Because NBC Treated Him Differently

2/15/2017 2:26 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon was "shaken to his core" and seriously questioned his value as an entertainer after NBC unleashed its fury on him, and that led him to the decision to quit "America's Got Talent."

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Nick was devastated when he learned the network was on the verge of firing him as host of 'AGT.' He looked at the long history of entertainers -- Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman and many others -- who trashed their networks right on their shows, and the brass allowed it. Yet Nick went on Showtime, made a few "harmless comments about NBC," and he was threatened with termination.

One example that hit home with Nick was Tracy Morgan, who made a comment during a show and suggested he might knife his son if he found out he was gay. NBC execs defended Morgan.

We're told Nick started to question his own self-worth as an entertainer, thinking he was being treated differently from the others because he just wasn't that good.

He also took into account losing his salary ... we've learned Nick has been pulling in around $4.5 million a season for 'AGT.'

Nick, we're told, was in a terrible state after NBC went on the attack. One source says it was emotionally harder on him than dealing with his very serious medical problems, including Lupus.

Cannon decided in the end he believed in himself and was undervalued by the network ... so he quit.

Ryan Seacrest Nick Cannon's Out on 'AGT' ... You In?

2/14/2017 3:37 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Seacrest knows a thing or 2 about hosting talent competitions, so he's automatically the front-runner to replace Nick Cannon on "America's Got Talent" ... the question, is he into it?

We got Ryan leaving Heart & Hustle gym in L.A. Tuesday and he made it clear ... he loves the show. As for whether he'd take it, watch the video and judge for yourself.

It would be kind of amazing if he hosted, because Simon Cowell's one of the judges. Sound familiar?

Nick Cannon Yep, I'm Definitely Done At 'AGT'

2/14/2017 1:35 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon just dashed the hopes of NBC and 'AGT' ... because he made it clear there is NO chance he'll come back to the show.

Nick was at LAX Tuesday and showed firm resolve ... he's done with the show. As TMZ reported, Nick said he was leaving 'AGT' after NBC execs seriously discussed firing him for talking smack on the show and NBC on his Showtime comedy special.

Nick is unconcerned about the possibility of being sued although, as we reported ... the network likely has no interest in holding him to his contract if he's determined to leave.

'America's Got Talent' 'AGT' Still Wants Nick But if He Wants Out He Can Go

2/14/2017 1:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"America's Got Talent" execs desperately want to keep Nick Cannon ... but if he really wants to walk, they likely won't hold him to his contract. 

Production sources with knowledge of the situation tell us the show fires up next month, but honchos aren't scouting for new hosts ... at least not yet. They're hoping Nick has a change of heart.

If Nick holds firm, NBC likely won't sue him for breach of contract. 

Our sources say Nick has been great to work with on 'AGT,' and the crew has become a family. There's reason to believe he's going through something emotional in his personal life and that may well be factoring into his decision. 

Nick Cannon I Quit 'AGT' ... Screw 'Em for Thinking About Firing Me

2/13/2017 6:41 AM PST
Breaking News

Nick Cannon doesn't see himself shooting the next season of "America's Got Talent" ... after NBC execs considered firing him over a racial joke he told in his comedy special.

TMZ broke the story ... NBC and 'AGT' honchos felt Nick had disparaged them and breached his contract by joking the network doesn't want him using the n-word, and insinuating it generally crushes his swagger while hosting 'AGT.' The special aired Friday night on Showtime.

That news pissed off Nick ... who now says he's loved hosting 'AGT' but "my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices." He also says he doesn't care about the millions they pay him.

He adds, "I can not see myself returning." He told Howard Stern last week that he'd sue if they ever fired him over a joke.

As we told you, NBC decided to let the whole joke slide, but Nick clearly isn't forgiving.

He ended his FB post with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King -- "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

Nick Cannon & 'AGT' Nearly Fired Over 'Black Card' Joke ... Cooler Heads Prevail

2/10/2017 9:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon pissed off some NBC execs with a joke he made during a stand-up comedy special -- and it nearly cost him his job on "America's Got Talent" ... TMZ has learned.

While Nick was recording the special more than a month ago, he joked with the audience that NBC was making him lose his "black card" -- strongly insinuating the network wanted him to show less swagger on 'AGT.' 

Sources familiar with the situation tell us NBC execs got wind of it when Nick was promoting the special on "The Howard Stern Show" ... and thought he was disparaging the network -- a violation of his contract. We're told his deal has a clause that bars him from talking about the network without approval.

There were serious discussions about axing him for breach of contract, or simply because ... if he's so miserable, why not just let him go?

Ultimately, the execs decided Nick had simply made a passing comment. We're told they like him and didn't want to blow the relationship. He'll be shooting 'AGT' next month.

As for the comedy special, it airs Friday night on Showtime and we're told the "black card" comment is in it.

'AGT' 10-Year-Old Magician Mind-Blowing Trick!!!

2/2/2017 6:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Be prepared to have your mind blown by 10-year-old magician Kadan Bart Rockett and his little sister, Brooklyn.

The "America's Got Talent" semifinalists were at LAX Wednesday on their way to China ... when they took our photog's lunch money, tore it to smithereens and what happened next was crazy.

AGT Winner Neal E. Boyd Terrible Crash ... Condition Serious

1/22/2017 7:10 AM PST
Breaking News

"America's Got Talent" winner Neal E. Boyd was involved in a single car crash that was so serious it sent his vehicle flying in the air. 

The opera singer -- who won Season 3 of 'AGT' -- ran off a road in Scott County, Missouri at 8:45 AM, crashed into a tree, which then sent his car flying, and then into another tree.

There was also a passenger in the car ... it appears to be his 62-year-old mother.

Boyd reportedly was not wearing his seat belt. He and his mom are in serious condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

'America's Got Talent' Finalist Signs 3 Year Contract with Eagles

11/18/2016 7:08 AM PST
Breaking News

Jon Dorenbos is having one helluva year -- after finishing 3rd on "America's Got Talent," the magician just signed a brand new 3 year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Seems like 3 is his magic number! 

Of course, Dorenbos has been the Eagles' long-snapper since 2006  -- but after his massive success on 'AGT' coupled with the fact he's 36, some people thought he'd pursue the magic thing full time. 

But that's not the case ... at least not yet ... with Ian Rapoport reporting that he just inked a new deal that will keep him with Philly until 2019! 

Obviously, the contract won't stop him from expanding his magic career -- he just appeared on "Ellen" a few days ago and CRUSHED IT! 

Congrats! 

'AGT' Winner 'I Don't Know My Name' ... But I Know I Got Sweet Bonuses

10/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Grace VanderWaal didn't just get $1 million for winning "America's Got Talent" ... she also nailed down an extra $100 grand, and a slew of possible bonuses.

The 12-year-old 'AGT' winner from this past summer is set to receive the $100k advance for her 1st album, and then an additional $100k if the record pushes more than 500,000 units in its first year.

According to her contract, Grace is eligible for up to 4 renewals of her deal with Simon Cowell's record label, SYCO -- and each one comes with another $100k.

She rode her original tune, "I Don't Know My Name" all the way to the 'AGT' crown, and if she's got a few more hits up her sleeve ... the kid's set for life.

NFL Magician Jon Dorenbos 'AGT' Finalist ... Mentoring Eagles Legend!

9/3/2016 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Philadelphia Eagles long snapper who's KILLING IT on "America's Got Talent" says he's got another trick up his sleeve ... he's mentoring an NFL legend in the ways of the wand.

We got Jon Dorenbos out at LAX hours after he was voted into the 'AGT' finals, thanks to another MIND-BLOWING trick on the show. 

Turns out, Dorenbos is spreading the magic love back at Eagles training camp -- where one of his all-time favorite players has taken an apprentice role.

BONUS -- We also asked Dorenbos one huge fantasy football question -- should you invest a draft pick in his Eagles teammate, Dorial Green-Beckham ... the massive WR from Mizzou???

'America's Got Talent' Duo So Here's Our Hook

8/4/2016 2:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Stock and AmberLynn Walker -- the "America's Got Talent" team that had an epic fail when she accidentally shot him -- have a follow-up stunt that will make you jump out of your skin.

The recently-booted contestants were on "TMZ Live" Thursday when Ryan decided to give himself the hook ... but this time, literally.

Check out the full interview on today's "TMZ Live."

'America's Got Talent' Flaming Arrow Stunt Gone Seriously Wrong

8/2/2016 7:43 PM PDT
Breaking News

"America's Got Talent" viewers just witnessed a truly scary moment when one contestant accidentally shot her husband in the throat with a flaming arrow.

Contestants Amber and Ryan, a sideshow duo, have made their mark on the show performing dangerous stunts. Tuesday's stunt was supposed to end with Amber hitting a target in Ryan's mouth with the arrow ... but her aim was way off and it struck him in the throat instead.

Our 'AGT' sources say Ryan's fine, he was just shaken up after the mishap.

That's the risk you take when you do it live.