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Nick Cannon has been making headlines over the past couple of weeks, and not for great reasons. The America's Got Talent host made a joke at NBC's expense during his recent Showtime stand-up special, and NBC reportedly responded by giving serious consideration to firing Cannon from America's Got Talent. NBC ultimately chose not to take action against Cannon, but Cannon was apparently so offended by NBC's offense that he decided to quit the show. The big questions now relate to when and if Nick Cannon will officially be done with the Peacock Network.
The news that Nick Cannon intended to leave America's Got Talent broke recently when Cannon himself declared that he was done with the show. He didn't pull any punches in his statement that he was quitting, even going so far as to say that there is "no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity." What Cannon did not mention in his Facebook post is the fact that he's actually still under contract with NBC for another season of America's Got Talent. Unless NBC chooses to release Cannon from his contract, he may need to cut his losses and host the series for one more season. America's Got Talent does extremely well for NBC in its summer lineup, so the network may not want to mess with its successful status quo by letting Cannon quit. Although with his public outburst, leaving AGT looks likely.
Then, there's the matter of Nick Cannon's second show on NBC. He also hosts Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, which tells stories that have been captured on cameras ranging from cell phone videos to news crews to security tapes. Caught on Camera debuted in 2014 and has run for three seasons so far, but NBC has not yet announced whether or not a fourth season is in the works. Cannon himself hasn't said whether he is interested in continuing with Caught on Camera; if he is, he might find that his attempts to burn bridges with America's Got Talent mean that NBC isn't willing to invest in his other series.
Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon has never been a huge ratings winner for NBC, so there's not necessarily an audience crossing their fingers in the hopes of another season. Season 3 only averaged 3.2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the valuable 18 - 49 age demographic in Live + 7 numbers. That said, The Wrap reports that Caught on Camera is relatively inexpensive to produce. All things considered, there are several big variables in play to impact whether or not Nick Cannon stays on at NBC.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next. America's Got Talent has survived shakeups in the past with the cast of judges; maybe NBC will be willing to change things up again and go with a new host for the next season. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in network TV news. Season 12 of America's Got Talent - with or without Nick Cannon - won't debut until later this year, so be sure to check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime.