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Howie Mandel Officially Returning to 'America's Got Talent' Season 8

February 13, 2013 (8:17 am) GMT
The 'Deal or No Deal' host has signed up for his fourth stint as a judge on the NBC reality talent series.
Howie Mandel Officially Returning to 'America's Got Talent' Season 8

will return to the upcoming eighth installment of "", NBC has confirmed. The Canadian TV host first broke the news to Access Hollywood as saying, "I'm doing my fourth season of 'America's Got Talent'."

"I'm going to re-judge for my fourth year," he added. He went on gushing, "I'm thrilled to be back. This is my fourth year [and I think the talent] has been getting better and better every year."

Mandel joins who earlier signed up for the next season of the summer talent-competition series. The "" host says he called the shock jock to reveal about his return to the show, "I phoned Howard, and I said I'm coming back, and he said 'who is this?' "

"AGT" will start taping the new season on March 4 in New Orleans. The show is expected to announce a new judge soon to replace , who exited at the end of last season.

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