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Howie Mandel to replace David Hasselhoff on Talent show

Howie Mandel
Mandel is known for hosting Deal or No Deal in the US and Canada

Canadian actor and presenter Howie Mandel is to replace David Hasselhoff as one of the judges on America's Got Talent, it has been confirmed.

The 55-year-old is best known in the US as a stand-up comedian and for hosting the US and Canadian versions of Deal or No Deal.

Mandel will be teamed with returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan on the panel.

The fifth series of America's Got Talent will launch in the summer.

Hasselhoff announced he was leaving the hit show after a four year stint last week.

The 57-year-old told People magazine he was planning to "follow my dream" to star in his own TV show.

"David is leaving… and yes I believe Howie Mandell is replacing [him]," Jeff Gaspin, NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman told NBC's Television Critics Association panel on Sunday.

Mandel first came to public attention in the US starring in the 1980s drama St Elsewhere before turning his hand to stand-up comedy.

America's Got Talent is one of the most popular series on US TV over the summer months.

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