Nick Cannon says he likes to be called “corny.”
The “Masked Singer” host — who has twins Moroccan and Monroe, 8, with ex-wife Mariah Carey, and son Golden, 2, with model Brittany Bell — views the word, which can typically be used to mean embarrassing or lame, as a compliment because the people it is attached to are usually very successful.
Cannon told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: “I’m always focused on making the best business move, so it’s funny to me.
“I always ask people to describe ‘corny’ … The people you consider corny are the most successful, the most nonproblematic and the ones that get all the girls. So I like when people call me corny.
“Nobody likes being in the trenches. So you can call me a square all day.
The 38-year-old star will be on TV even more next year as he recently signed a deal to front his own syndicated daytime talk show.
He previously said in a statement: “After leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show.
“I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone’s mind. When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.”
Cannon originally wanted to host a “late-night talk show” but hopes to incorporate a late-night “vibe” into his daytime series through “telling jokes.”
He said: “It’s so exciting, this is something I’ve always wanted to do.
“[I’ll] be doing everything we see the bests do from Ellen [DeGeneres] to what we see Wendy [Williams] doing every day.”