The Masked Singer’s staged bits—like Kermit’s appearance, or Nick Cannon’s reappearance—have undermined the very-important foundation that’s holding up this entire ridiculous show.
The Masked Singer’s virtual audience of fake people and virtual sets will continue in season five. I talked to the show’s producers about why they’re doing this, while a podcast talked to people who are creating these special effects.
This week, Nick Cannon was both replaced as host of Fox’s The Masked Singer season 5, and re-hired as host of his VH1 show Wild ‘N Out.
The Masked Singer season 4’s premiere had strong performances and fun costumes. And it also had a fake audience that acted as if it’s okay to be unmasked and physically close to other people right now.
Fox’s Masked Singer season four is filming, and will have viewer voting for the first time. And it’s also hiring a fake studio audience.
ABC, Fox, and Bravo are moving forward with plans to film reality shows in person despite the risks, though they are making some changes to Shark Tank, The Masked Singer, and The Real Housewives of New York City.
Fox says Nick Cannon “inadvertently promoted hate” and “has sincerely apologized,” so he won’t be fired. But he did not apologize immediately for anti-Semitic comments he made in June, on an episode of his podcast.