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Sofia Vergara is the judge of America’s new talent while Heidi Klum returns to the NBC show after controversy

She has just packed the production of the last season of ABC’s sitcom Modern Family after 11 seasons.

And Thursday it was announced that Sofia Vergara will be the new judge of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Vergara, 47, joins returning judge Heidi Klum, 46, who was most recently judge of AGT: Champions.

The two replaced Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough who were dismissed as judges after only one season.

On Thursday, it was announced that Sofia Vergara, 47, will be the new judge of NBC's America's Got Talent

Vergara joins returning judge Heidi Klum, 46, who was the last judge of AGT: Champions.

Vergara joins returning judge Heidi Klum, 46, who was the last judge of AGT: Champions.

New line-up: Sofia Vergara becomes the new judge of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Vergara, 47, joins returning judge Heidi Klum, 46, who was most recently judge of AGT: Champions

Vergara and Klum join former jury members Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell, who is also the maker and executive producer of the show, for the 15th season of the talent show.

Terry Crews is also coming back as a host.

Vergara, who was born in Colombia, said in a statement: “I am so happy to come to AGT with my new family. This is a new and exciting next chapter for me and I am extremely proud to be the first Latin judge in the show. “

New role: Vergara has just finished filming on the 11th and final season of ABC sitcom Modern Family, making her a household name and one of the best-paid actresses in the world

New role: Vergara has just finished filming on the 11th and final season of ABC sitcom Modern Family, making her a household name and one of the best-paid actresses in the world

New role: Vergara has just finished filming on the 11th and final season of ABC sitcom Modern Family, making her a household name and one of the best-paid actresses in the world

Some money left: when the news about her new role circulated, Vergara enjoyed a shopping trip in Beverly Hills, where she stopped at the Louis Vuitton boutique and Saks Fifth Avenue

Some money left: when the news about her new role circulated, Vergara enjoyed a shopping trip in Beverly Hills, where she stopped at the Louis Vuitton boutique and Saks Fifth Avenue

Some money left: when the news about her new role circulated, Vergara enjoyed a shopping trip in Beverly Hills, where she stopped at the Louis Vuitton boutique and Saks Fifth Avenue

“The infectious energy of Sofia and her sharp humor will go perfectly with recurring favorites Heidi, Simon, Howie and Terry,” said Meredith Ahr, president of the alternative and reality group of NBC Entertainment, in a statement.

“As both a respected actress and a successful entrepreneur, she embodies the American dream that is synonymous with the transforming phase of AGT,” Ahr added.

Klum, who was in the show from 2013 to 2018 and then did two seasons of AGT: Champions, also shared her joy about her continued association with the franchise.

“I’m so excited to be back at AGT with Simon, Howie and Terry. The fact that Sofia Vergara is accompanying us is the icing on an already delicious cake, “she said.

Franchise family: ‘I am so excited to be back at AGT with Simon, Howie and Terry. The fact that Sofia Vergara is accompanying us is the icing on an already delicious cake, “Klum said Thursday

The German model and TV personality came under fire in January after she said she had never seen “anything strange or hurtful” while working on AGT and “only had a great experience.”

Her defense of the series came after Union allegations of a “toxic culture” came to the news in the show and prompted an investigation by the network.

She later clarified her comments, telling People: “I can only speak about my own truth, and that is by no means meant to deny or question Gabrielle’s truth … I am aware that my experience may not be the same as Gabrielle’s.”

Dismissed: Union participated in the talent show as judge for the 14th season, which was broadcast last year, along with former DWTS personality Julianne Hough. Neither of them was invited back for season 15

Resignation: Union participated in the talent show as judge for the 14th season, which was broadcast last year, along with former DWTS personality Julianne Hough. Neither of them was invited back for season 15

Dismissed: Union participated in the talent show as judge for the 14th season, which was broadcast last year, along with former DWTS personality Julianne Hough. Neither of them was invited back for season 15

Pronounced: Union claimed to have experienced a “toxic work culture” at AGT and said that she was the victim of racist comments and that she wore her hair “too black” for the public

Union participated in the talent show as judge for the 14th season, which was broadcast last year, along with former DWTS personality Julianne Hough. Neither of them was invited back for season 15.

The actress, 47, then spoke about experiencing racist comments and was told that she was wearing her hair “too black” for the AGT audience.

She also complained that judge producer Cowell smoked continuously on the indoor set, Variety reported in November.

Union’s husband, former NBA player Dwyane Wade and other prominent people asked for answers to why she was fired.

In January, NBC’s entertainment chief Paul Telegdy said that the network took the allegations about AGT very seriously and that “new practices” would be introduced if justified.

He stated that an investigation into the allegations would have been completed by the end of January.

However, there is no public update yet about what the research found.

Issues: Union also complained that court producer Cowell smoked continuously on the indoor set. Cowell and jury member Howie Mandel are both back for season 15

Issues: Union also complained that court producer Cowell smoked continuously on the indoor set. Cowell and jury member Howie Mandel are both back for season 15

Issues: Union also complained that court producer Cowell smoked continuously on the indoor set. Cowell and jury member Howie Mandel are both back for season 15

Looked at it: in January NBC’s entertainment chief Paul Telegdy said that the network took the allegations about AGT very seriously and that “new practices” would be introduced if justified

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