Nick Cannon on Landing 'America's Got Talent' Hosting Gig, Wildest Reality TV Moments

"This season, there's a 95-year-old stripper who's on the pole," the rapper-actor told THR about the crazy things he's witnessed on the NBC competition series.

Nick Cannon was flirting with the indie film scene when he was approached to host NBC's reality competition series America's Got Talent.

During The Hollywood Reporter's Reality TV Roundtable, Cannon revealed that he had been promoting 2008's American Son at the Sundance Film Festival around the time the hosting gig was offered to him.

"I was never thinking about it, [but] I really dug the show and loved the idea. They were like, 'You’re promoting a film and we’re trying to win awards. Tell me one award-winning actor you know that hosts a reality show,'" the rapper-actor recalled to THR. "I don’t care about all of that. I want to do what I want to do, and I want to have fun. It was one of the best decisions I ever [made]."

Since joining the series, Cannon has seen his fair share of outrageous acts. When asked about the wildest thing he's witnessed on the set of a reality TV show, he joked, "Where do I begin? I’ve had people stick drills in their nose … This season, there's a 95-year-old stripper who's on the pole."

The Chi-Raq star, who helmed MTV's comedy improv series Wild 'N Out, also discussed how closely his on-air persona reflects his true self. "People always say, ‘The Nick Cannon on America’s Got Talent is completely different from the Nick Cannon on Wild ’N Out,' but it’s the same person," he said. "I'm just speaking to a different audience."

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors and actresses, and comedy and drama showrunners will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV, with the premiere of the Reality Roundtable on Sunday, August 7. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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