Nick Cannon Will Be Taking Over the Talk Show Host Universe, Moving to Daytime

Nick Cannon attends the premiere of Netflix’s “Sextuplets” on Aug. 7, 2019, in Hollywood, Calif.
Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix (Getty Images)

Remember when I said Kevin Hart was taking all of the jobs? Well, scratch that, because I think Nick Cannon is actually the reigning champion of that, especially when you add his stealth moves.

Along with a robust hosting resumé, including shows like America’s Got Talent, Wild ’n Out, Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon and most recently, The Masked Singer, Cannon be hosting. Now, according to Deadline, the 38-year-old media mogul has his eyes on daytime television. Cannon just sealed a deal with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury to host a new, nationally syndicated daytime talk show set to air in 2020. Cannon will also co-produce via his company, Ncredible Entertainment.

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“We are excited to be able to announce this collaboration with Nick, who has proven himself to be such a dominant creative and entrepreneurial force across film, primetime TV, music, comedy, stage and online platforms,” Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement to Deadline. “The daytime audience got to see that firsthand earlier this year with his stellar performance guest-hosting The Wendy Williams Show. Now we can’t wait to see Nick put his own unique stamp on talk and add daytime to his impressive list of accomplishments.”

“After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show. I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone’s minds,” Cannon said. “When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.”

Seriously, let’s take a moment to give Cannon his props here. Now, he has been known to have quite the corny side, but he’s also wildly successful. In fact, I have a theory that part of that corniness is a positive correlation to his hosting gig success. Some of the most famous hosts embraced their corny side. Look at Ryan Seacrest, who is basically running media right now (though, I can see Cannon take the throne in his lifetime!)

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Cannon doesn’t have the “child star curse” and has been making super-smart moves throughout his career, even despite some of his public setbacks. Remember that foray into rap? Me neither. Not to mention, while battling lupus, he has clearly made a point to keep his eyes on the prize and maintain a healthy balance. His tenacity and work ethic is unmatched.

“I was constantly struggling with trying to have the same type of endurance and stamina that I had before the diagnosis,” he told the Lupus Foundation of America in a past interview. “And that made me have another setback that was even more serious.”

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‘Gotta root for the Cannon.

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