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Thanks to Wendy Williams, Nick Cannon lands nationally syndicated talk show for 2020 launch

2019-09-26

Wendy Williams’ unexpected month-long hiatus from her wildly popular daytime talk show proved to be a blessing to Nick Cannon.

The rapper, comedian and actor, who guest hosted in her absence, now has a talk show of his very own in play.

Cannon is partnering with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, the company that produces Williams’ Emmy Award nominated show, which is in its 11th season.

The former “America’s Got Talent” host will get a new syndicated daytime talk show that will launch in 2020.

Although details of the series — including the name and official launch date — are forthcoming, the turban wearing renaissance man (and ex-husband of best-selling pop diva Mariah Carey) will serve as both host and co-producer of the project.

"After leaving ‘America’s Got Talent,’ I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show," Cannon said in a statement. "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."

"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," he added.

This talk show is the latest project for Cannon, who currently hosts Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and MTV’s “Wild ’N Out.”

In June, he launched “Nick Cannon Mornings,” a daily show airing on Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106.

The San Diego native hosted of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for eight years before falling out with the network after making a racially charged joke during a stand-up special.