Nick Cannon has been forced to take a break from taping the next season of The Masked Singer after testing positive for COVID-19, with When They See Us star Niecy Nash temporarily filling in for him.
A spokesperson for Cannon confirmed the news to Billboard. The update was first reported by Variety, which noted that the upcoming fifth season of the hit Fox reality singing competition will feature Nash taking on hosting duties when producing begins on Thursday (Feb. 4).
According to the report, Nash will host the show until Cannon — who is currently reportedly resting in quarantine — is ready to get back to work, which Fox expects will be later in the season. The upcoming run of Singer is slated to premiere in March with returning judges Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke.
Last season LeAnn Rimes (Sun) won the fourth season and while Singer has been gearing up to return a spin-off show, The Masked Dancer, has been tossing off its own galaxy of (un)masked celebrities, which so far has included Ice-T (Disco Ball), Bill Nye the Science Guy (Ice Cube), Elizabeth Smart (Moth), Brian McKnight (Cricket) and Vinny Guadagnino (Hammerhead), with Wednesday night’s show revealing the latest hooded hoofer: Jordin Sparks (Exotic Bird).
The new gig for Nash, who was a guest on Singer last season, will reunite her with her co-star on another Fox reality show, I Can See You Voice, which is hosted by panelist Jeong.