Nick Cannon booed trying to fake a shot for America’s Got Talent at Knicks game

America’s Got Talent‘s host Nick Cannon was repeatedly booed at a New York Knicks game last Wednesday at Madison Square Garden while trying to film a segment for the show during which he faked a trick shot. It’s unclear whether the crowd was booing his faked shot or the way it was being used to film some unnecessary crap for an NBC reality competition.

In the video below, before Cannon hands off the mic to a producer, he is booed so loudly that he’s virtually inaudible. The producer tells the crowd that “when his shot goes in, everybody’s going to go crazy”–telling the crowd to lie, basically. Then, Nick Cannon returns and says “America’s Got Talent, I’m your host…” and the crowd’s loud booing returns.

In the clip below, filmed by someone in the crowd, judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are visible when Cannon has to re-shoot his intro to the faked shot and the crowd boos again. They’re standing on the side of the court with someone who looks like judge Heidi Klum from the back.

ESPN reported that:

“Cannon told the crowd he would pretend to make a trick shot and asked fans to cheer when the shot was supposed to go in. Cannon explained that through the magic of TV, the trick shot is supposed to go in to make him look like a good basketball player even though he cracked that he’s not. … Of course, Knicks fans didn’t seem to be in a cooperating mood as they booed Cannon the majority of the time. When they were supposed to cheer after he throws up his trick shot and it goes in, some did cheer.”

It’ll be interesting to see if any of this impossibly stupid bunch of bullshit makes it on the show, and if it does, whether editors who help Nick Cannon make the faked shot also replace the booing with fake cheers.

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