The real reason Brandy Norwood left America’s Got Talent

While many may know R&B singer Brandy Norwood as one of the most recognizable music stars of the ’90s, she actually launched her career on television as a teenage actress before topping the charts.

As noted on IMDb, the “Baby” hitmaker first debuted on the entertainment scene in 1993 when she portrayed the lead role of Danesha Turrell on the ABC sitcom Thea. The following year her singing career was introduced to the world. Following the release of her self-titled debut album in 1994, Norwood established herself as a sought-after singer and actress, booking a film role with Whitney Houston, winning a Grammy Award, and earning a 5x platinum certification from the RIAA for her “Never Say.” Never” album after 5 million sales in the US alone. However, her most famous acting role was played by the eponymous “Moesha”. In a 2020 interview with theGrio, Norwood discussed a potential reboot after all six seasons have been released on Netflix. “I don’t know the details yet, but I definitely feel like I’m a lot closer because of what it’s doing on Netflix and the fact that it’s going to stay there forever,” she explained. “I would like to see who Moesha is today. What is she up to, you know?” The singer insisted her character would have been a “kick-a** journalist.”

Outside of acting, Norwood has ventured into other television work, including serving as a judge on America’s Got Talent. However, she didn’t stay long.

Brandy Norwood left America’s Got Talent after the first season

“America’s Got Talent” has entertained the nation for more than 15 years and remains a popular show on NBC television. The judges and hosts have changed several times over the seasons. Brandy Norwood, who debuted in 2006, served on the first season as a judge alongside “Baywatch” actor David Hasselhoff and British journalist Piers Morgan, according to GoldDerby. However, despite the show’s popularity, it wasn’t enough for Norwood to remain as a judge for the following season.

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In 2007 it was announced that Norwood would be leaving the show and she would be replaced by Sharon Osbourne. “Brandy has enjoyed her association with the program,” her rep said in a statement (via Metro UK). “However, she felt she wasn’t able to give the new season the attention and engagement it deserved.” At the time, Norwood was in the midst of multiple wrongful death trials after she struck a driver on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, who later died from her injuries, according to TMZ.

Brandy Norwood has continued her career in television

Following her departure from America’s Got Talent, Brandy Norwood returned to singing. Four years after her previous studio album Afrodisiac, she dropped 2008’s Human and embarked on a world tour of the same name. On the US Billboard 200, “Human” was Norwood’s fourth consecutive studio album to chart in the top 20. Since then she has released two more albums – Two Eleven and B7.

Amidst her singing career, Norwood has remained a television fixture. As noted on IMDb, she appeared on a reality show with her brother, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, and was a contestant on season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, where she was voted out a week prior to that Show finale, per Billboard. Sharing her knowledge and experience with aspiring singers, Norwood became a mentor on the singing competition show Majors & Minors in 2011.

More recently, in 2021, the “Have You Ever” hitmaker served as an advisor to John Legend’s team on “The Voice.” During a television interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Legend expressed how grateful he was to have Norwood as a mentor for his actions. “Every time my artists would walk in and discover that Brandy was their mentor, they would just all be in shock and get so excited,” Legend said, adding, “We were so lucky to have Brandy.”

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