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Nick Cannon is POZ; Niecy Nash to Fill in on "Masked Singer"

“The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, which means he won’t be seen in at least the first few episodes of the hit Fox reality series’ fifth season. Instead, producers have tapped actress and host Niecy Nash to fill in.

Nash will take over as guest host as production begins this Thursday on Season 5 of “The Masked Singer,” and until Cannon is ready to get back to work. Cannon is currently in quarantine and resting, a rep for the star confirms exclusively to Variety. Fox expects Cannon to return to the series later in the season.

Season 5 of “The Masked Singer” is scheduled to premiere in March. Returning to the show as usual are panelists Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke.

The celebrity musical guessing game wrapped Season 4 in December as TV’s No. 1 entertainment series, tied with NBC’s “This Is Us.” While it’s been on hiatus, Fox has been airing the spinoff competition show “The Masked Dancer.” As “The Masked Dancer” continues on Wednesday with its top five contestants, already revealed have been Vinny Guadagnino as the Hammerhead; Brian McKnight as the Cricket, Elizabeth Smart as the Moth, Bill Nye the Science Guy as the Ice Cube, and Ice-T as the Disco Ball.

On the Dec. 17 finale of “The Masked Singer,” LeAnn Rimes was unmasked as Season 4 winner — the Sun. Also revealed: Runner-up Aloe Blacc, who had been dressed as Mushroom, and third-place Nick Carter, who had performed as Crocodile.

Since returning to production last summer, “The Masked Singer” has maintained tight COVID protocols, and Jeong, who is a physician, has in particular kept an eye on how the show handled safety.

Meanwhile, Nash is a very familiar face to Fox viewers. On the network, she recently appeared both on companion series “I Can See Your Voice,” hosted by Jeong, and was a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer” last season. She appeared on Fox’s “Scream Queens,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Do Not Disturb,” “The Mindy Project,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and early in her career, “Party of Five.” She has also done a voice for Fox’s “Family Guy,” among other animated series.

Nash’s recent credits include the “Reno 911!” Revival, as well as FX’s “Mrs. America” and Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever.” She also stars on TNT’s “Claws,” which will return for its fourth and final season later this year. As a host, Nash earned two Daytime Emmy nominations for Style Network’s “Clean House,” which also landed her the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for outstanding program host.

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by Anonymousreply 24Last Thursday at 7:25 AM

He could die. His kidneys are fucked up.

by Anonymousreply 102/04/2021

That's what I was thinking R1.

He has lupus.

by Anonymousreply 202/04/2021

How in the hell did he get it?

by Anonymousreply 302/04/2021

Oh no, what a shame...

by Anonymousreply 402/04/2021

I love Niecy. She's kind of like Jane Lynch - she can do everything on TV.

by Anonymousreply 502/04/2021

He's POZ, Mary!

by Anonymousreply 602/04/2021

Nicely and her Gurl.

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by Anonymousreply 702/04/2021

Maybe he isn't sick but actually a contestant.....

by Anonymousreply 803/11/2021

Anyone actually watch? For the first time in my life my jaw actually dropped. That was a great reveal, costume and I was certain it was who everyone else thought. Best moment of all five seasons.

by Anonymousreply 903/11/2021

I watched and my first reaction was that the raccoon should have gone first. For the final reveal I was a bit disappointed and thought it was kinda stupid.

by Anonymousreply 1003/11/2021

I thought the raccoon should have gone too, it’s pretty easy to figure out who the raccoon is.

When I first saw the snail costume - I figured it was someone in a wheelchair for some reason - so was racking my brain for celebrities who are paralyzed.

by Anonymousreply 1103/11/2021

[quote]I thought the raccoon should have gone too, it’s pretty easy to figure out who the raccoon is.

Who? He was so untalented It was someone I never would have paid attention to.

by Anonymousreply 1203/11/2021

I think it’s Danny Trejo in the raccoon

by Anonymousreply 1303/11/2021

Christ Caitlin Jenner needs to find a real job.

by Anonymousreply 1404/04/2021

I like the Black Swan, RoboPine, and the Crab wildcard. Group B is definitely more exciting than Group A.

So far nobody on the level of Sun, or Seahorse from seasons past IMO but maybe as they're on the show longer their performances will get even better.

by Anonymousreply 1504/04/2021

I like that Niecy has got this gig after marrying a woman (I hope she's more of a Meredith Baxter Birney than an ex Mrs Lou Diamond Phillips).

by Anonymousreply 1604/04/2021

I freaking love Niecy Nash

by Anonymousreply 1704/04/2021

I think the Crab is Gene Simmons of KISS.

by Anonymousreply 1804/07/2021

I think the Bobby Brown guesses seem spot on for Crab. The clues remind me of the Debarge family but they all have waaay higher pitched voices than that.

I knew who the Bulldog was immediately tonight, but I still thought it was a great performance. Interesting song choice and nice choreography.

Still rooting for Black Swan to win it.

by Anonymousreply 1904/08/2021

I thought it was dumb. The Bulldog should’ve continued in the competition (it would’ve made it funner), but no, Nick Cannon just had to take his hosting job back right away.

by Anonymousreply 2004/08/2021

I will say I think the show has gotten really gimmicky this season. All the wildcards and games, the Nicole Scherzinger 'backstage' skit tonight, that Clue Rooster thing, and eliminations like tonight's one and Kermit.

As long as the show has good contestant the format already works on its own without all these extra bells and whistles.

by Anonymousreply 2104/08/2021

The Rapper has to's called The Masked SINGER. The judges all having orgasm with this no talent is ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 2204/08/2021

It's kind of nice to see faded celebrities really enjoying their time in the spotlight on the show (like the unmasked singer tonight), seemed very grateful to be there.

I think it's Black Swan vs Russian Dolls vs Robopine for the final 3. Seashell was very good tonight though and Crab would obviously be a nice 'story' that would get a lot of media attention if he were to win.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Thursday at 5:52 AM

Russian Dolls ....Hanson

by Anonymousreply 24Last Thursday at 7:25 AM
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