The Masked Singer is getting a new host — temporarily, at least.
Niecy Nash will stand in for Nick Cannon fronting the first batch of episodes of the Fox competition reality series after the entertainer contracted Covid-19, Deadline has confirmed.
This comes as production on Season 5 is set to start Thursday in Los Angeles. The show is set to return in March. Cannon is expected to return for later episodes once he recovers.
Nash has history with the network; she was a guest panelist on The Masked Singer last season and was a panelist on I Can See Your Voice, the network’s other mystery talent format, and has appeared in Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Scream Queens, The Bernie Mac Show and Family Guy.
Season 4 wrapped in December with LeAnn Rimes as the winner. That season featured 16 contestants, including the show’s first duet costume with Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black as the Snow Owls, the first with animatronic parts with Dr. Elvis Francois as the Serpent and the first puppet costume with Mark Sanchez as the Baby Alien.
Get your wildly inaccurate guesses ready: The Masked Singer will return for Season 5 on Fox on Wednesday, March 10 at 8/7c, TVLine has learned.
The premiere — with Niecy Nash temporarily stepping in as guest host after Nick Cannon tested positive for the coronavirus — will be followed by the 9 pm series debut of Game of Talents, a combination variety show/guessing game hosted by TV veteran Wayne Brady (who also won Season 2 of The Masked Singer, by the way). Talents, first announced by Fox back in November, has two teams of contestants competing to guess the hidden talents of mystery performers, from fire dancing to spider wrangling, with a prize of more than $200,000 on the line.
For The Masked Singer‘s fifth season, panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will all return, along with Nash taking over as host for an undetermined number of episodes. (The network says Singer is still “hosted by” Cannon, for the record.)