Nick Cannon Talks Working With French Montana, Emojis And Mariah's Home Habits

With the next season of America's Got Talent premiering tomorrow (June 4), Hollywood’s perpetual class clown chats with VIBE about emojis, kid stars and his biggest beef with wifey

VIBE: You’re a guy with a ton of jobs—America’s Got Talent, Wild ’N Out, Real House Husbands of Hollywood. What’s the most shameful gig on your résumé?

Nick Cannon: Weiner Schnitzel! [Laughs] It’s a hot dog fast food chain. They don't have those on the east coast, huh? We had to wear these hats with wieners on them. I was like 16. By 17, I was on All That.

What’s your favorite emoticon?

What is that? A what? Oh, a smiley face? I didn’t know that’s what those things were called! I like the ones with the tongue sticking out.

Your kids are almost 2 years old. Do you get any points on the back end if you get them on America’s Got Talent?

My son drums, which is crazy, and my daughter, she’s singing already. She ain’t even talking all the way. They could be like the new White Stripes.

How would you feel about Sharon Osborne judging your kids, though?

Real talk, I wouldn’t want them to be on a show where they would have to be judged. I see how tough it is on all of those kids, and I don’t want mine to go through that.

You’ve always toed this line between hip-hop and comedy. What rapper is the funniest to work with?

Probably French Montana, especially when he’s turnt up. He’s hilarious. He’s got an episode coming up for this new season of Wild ’N Out. French came on, super turnt up, cracking jokes from the jump. I didn’t expect it, because he’s serious most of the time, but he was in the audience cracking on people. He’s got this drawl. Nobody gave him no jokes or nothing; it was all him. He used to be a battle rapper, so I had to throw some bars at him. I got at him real quick. He didn’t want it. [Laughs]

Do you and Mariah ever argue about the lighting in your house?

Absolutely! How did you know that? I want shit to be super-bright, like a grocery store, all the time. My wife is a perfectionist when it comes to lighting. She likes to set the mood, candles, all of the shadows right. No overhead lighting, nothing. We always go back and forth about turning the lights off and on.

You told Howard Stern that you and Mariah make love to her music. Under what circumstances do your songs come on?

Uh, never! [Laughs]—only when I’m deejaying for myself in the house.

But Barack Obama had you on his second Inauguration playlist, so there’s that.

Yeah, that was a good look. That was cool because I was a surrogate for Obama early on, and he would always say that, if he won, he would let me DJ the inauguration party. He kept his word, which I always thought was cool. That’s a solid cat, even before he was the President.

I noticed Mariah wasn’t on there...

Take that, two hundred million albums sold! Next time we have an argument about the lighting, I’m bringing that up.

Catch the actor, TV host and sometime-rapper cracking funny bones on America's Got Talent and MTV’s spring re-up of Wild ’N Out.

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The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

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Alabama Newspaper Editor Calls On KKK To Lynch Democrats In Washington D.C.

The editor of a failing Alabama newspaper made news after he penned an editorial pleading for the KKK to “night ride again.” Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, a small weekly paper in Linden, Ala., doubled down on his racism in an interview Monday (Feb. 18).

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," he told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

Sutton added that he’s not asking for “Americans”  to be lynched. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.” He also compared the KKK to the NAACP. “They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they need to be.”

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Khloe Kardashian Splits With Tristan Thompson, Confirms Latest Cheating Rumor

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are reportedly done amid reports that the NBA player cheated on her with her little sister’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

According to Hollywood Unlocked, and multiple other reports, Thompson and Woods were spotted getting extra close during a party last weekend. Apparently, Woods stayed with Thompson until the next morning.

Thompson tweeted “FAKE NEWS” in response to the story, but he later deleted the post. Woods, meanwhile, turned off the comments on her Instagram account.

Kardashian confirmed the rumor with a comment on Instagram.

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#KhloeKardashian confirms our story. We got you Khloe! 🙏🏼

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Kardashian found out  about the cheating story on Monday (Feb. 18), People magazine reports.  “The whole family is furious,” said an alleged source. “They were blindsided.”

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Thompson and his son’s mother, Jordan Craig, split while she was pregnant with their son. Thompson began dating Kardashian soon after.


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