Howie Mandel used his guest hosting gig on “The View” Friday to plead with Nick Cannon to return to “America’s Got Talent”.
The comedian and TV host came to Cannon’s defense after the “AGT” judge reportedly angered NBC execs over a racially insensitive joke targeting his network bosses. Last month, Cannon joked that the network banned him from using the n-word because it was “gonna mess up the white money.” NBC allegedly considered Cannon in breach of contract for his disparaging remark, leading Cannon to address the controversy in a lengthy Facebook post, telling fans he won’t return to “AGT”.
Now, Cannon’s co-judge Mandel, is defending the comedian, begging him to return to the show.
“I’ll be honest with you. I’m very pained right now because the thought of doing and going ahead without Nick Cannon is unthinkable,” Mandel tells “The View” audience, adding that he and Cannon have toured together on the stand-up comedy circuit. The Toronto-born Mandel argued that comedians act differently depending on the setting, just as adults act differently around their children.
“The Howie Mandel that will be on stage tonight is not the Howie Mandel you’re watching right now or the Howie Mandel you see on ‘AGT’. There’s a time and a place,” he explains. “Nick Cannon is a comedian. Nick Cannon is a musician. Nick Cannon is — you ever see ‘Wild N Out’ on MTV? It’s a very different Nick Cannon.”
Mandel confirmed that no official decision has been made by NBC over Cannon’s involvement with the show, stating that it was entirely Cannon’s decision on whether he will return.
“It’s in his court. We’re two weeks away from filming,” he says, before looking directly into the camera and sending a message to Cannon.
“Nick, say it ain’t so. Please come back to work. I think he’s the best host on television,” he adds in an aside. “Nick, the show will not be as good without you. You’ve got to come back.”