Why Nick Cannon Might Have a Complicated Christmas This Year

Courtesy of Scholastic

The 'America's Got Talent' host faces a challenging December as he starts promoting his upcoming children's book

This story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The promo push for Nick Cannon's children's book Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas (out Oct. 28) could get messy.

Publisher Scholastic announced in January that Cannon and wife Mariah Carey would collaborate on the sugary tome starring their 3-year-old twins. According to an advance copy obtained by THR, Cannon is now the sole author, but Carey's name shows up in the dedication to "my family: Mariah, Roc, and Roe."

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What he doesn't write is that this will be the first holiday following the couple's high-profile split after six years of marriage. It will be nearly impossible for the America's Got Talent host to steer conversation from his tabloid-riddled separation to his debut kids book, which has Carey's fingerprints all over it, from her love of Christmas to a family photo.

So will he skip the spotlight? A rep for Cannon did not return a request for comment, but a Scholastic rep confirmed Cannon will participate in promotion, probably around December.