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Nick Cannon contracts COVID-19, temporarily replaced on ‘The Masked Singer’

Nick Cannon (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Nick Cannon, the host of the hit show “The Masked Singer,” has contracted the coronavirus and entered the requisite quarantine period, according to news reports.

While the multi-hyphenate entertainer is sequestered from Fox’s reality TV show, producers will insert renowned comedic actress Niecy Nash into Cannon’s hosting slot until he returns to the set, Deadline reports. There is no word yet if Cannon is experiencing any symptoms associated with the contagious virus.

Cannon’s COVID-19 diagnosis also will greatly impact his personal life. The “Wild ‘n Out” creator, 40, and his girlfriend, Brittany Bell, celebrated the arrival of their second child together, daughter Powerful Queen Cannon, on Christmas Day.

Producers expect Cannon’s quarantine to last at least through the first few episodes of “The Masked Singer’s” fifth season.

Fans of the show shouldn’t worry as the beloved Nash has the personality to fill the void in the interim. She recently starred in the hilarious sitcom “Reno 911” and is filming the fourth and final season of the fan favorite “Claws.” The two-time Emmy nominee also has been splashed all over shows such as “Scream Queens,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Do Not Disturb,” “The Mindy Project,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “Party of Five.”

For the upcoming season of “The Masked Singer,” executive producer Craig Plestis told Deadline in May 2020 that he wants to raise the weirdness quotient to another level.

“I want to increase the bonkers level and keep the production values up,” he said. “There are things that you’re going to see in [Season 4] that you haven’t seen anywhere else, not only here but anywhere in the globe.”