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Nick Cannon un-fired by VH1 and temporarily replaced as Masked Singer host

Last summer, VH1 fired Nick Cannon as the host of his own show, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, because of anti-Semitic comments he made and then defended. At the time, Fox defended him, and kept him as host of The Masked Singer.

Over two days this week, the opposite has happened: Nick Cannon has now (temporarily) lost his job as Masked Singer host and been re-hired by VH1 to host Wild ‘N Out—though the reasons for both are entirely unrelated, and he will return to Masked Singer.

VH1 is bringing back Wild ‘N Out episodes and will film new ones soon after being pleased with Nick’s “efforts.” In a statement to Variety, a network spokesperson said:

“Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders and on his platforms. Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why we have invited him to rejoin our team.”

Variety summarizes those efforts by saying that he has been “partnering with Jewish community organizations against anti-Semitism” including co-writing “an op-ed in the Jewish newspaper the Forward on the anniversary of 2017 the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and the need for Black and Jewish leaders to work together. A month earlier, Cannon toured the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance and pledged a donation to the organization.”

Nick Cannon’s daytime talk show, which was to premiere this past fall but was pulled after his comments last summer, is also back on.

“It’s been a longtime dream of mine to host my own daytime talk show and that I’m able to do this in New York City, bringing daytime television back to the place that has fostered generations of talent, is very special to me. With this show, we’ll be uniting all aspects of entertainment in a unique way in the very place where a lot of what we know today as our culture started. I couldn’t ask for better partners than Debmar-Mercury and Fox and thank them for supporting me in this endeavor,” Cannon said in a statement released in January.

Niecy Nash has replaced Nick Cannon as host of The Masked Singer

Niecy Nash on the Feb. 13, 2019, episode of Match Game.
Niecy Nash on the Feb. 13, 2019, episode of Match Game. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC)

The Masked Singer season 5 began filming on Thursday, Feb. 4, and will be premiering sometime next month. Judges Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg have all returned.

But Nick Cannon is not hosting. Niecy Nash is, having replaced him temporarily, though how many episodes she’ll host is unknown.

Update: How Nick Cannon returned to The Masked Singer

That’s because Nick tested positive for Covɪd-19. Variety‘s Michael Schneider reported that Wednesday, noting that “he won’t be seen in at least the first few episodes of the hit Fox reality series’ fifth season” and that “Fox expects Cannon to return to the series later in the season.”

VH1 noted that in their Thursday statement about his return to their network, saying they’d “just learned” and “have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.”

I’m excited for Niecy to host a network reality show, having been a fan of her hosting on the proto-Hoarders reality show Clean House, which aired on Style starting in 2003.

Niecy went on to mostly acting roles after that, but she appeared as a guest on other shows, from RuPaul’s Drag Race to I Can See Your Voice. And she will soon have her own daily talk show.

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