Nick Cannon attends JAY Z and Samsung Mobile’s celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn
*Nick Cannon is bringing his “Wild ‘n Out” back into the MTV family.
The producer-actor and host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” has revived the sketch comedy series that he hosted on MTV from 2005 to 2007, but will air it this time on MTV2…for a reason.
“MTV wanted me to do it on MTV first, but I didn’t want to do it on MTV,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think MTV is different than it was when I was there. They do certain types of shows that are more focused on folks with commentary, [like] ‘16 and Pregnant.’ It is more focused for young women. If we do ‘Wild ‘n Out,’ we have to go raw and go edgier. And that’s what MTV2 is doing.
“We were allowed to push the envelope even more on MTV2. We could go rawer and say stuff without having to worry. On MTV, you kind of have to walk a little softly, with their demographic. I’m excited to go raw and in your face.
The premise of the show stays the same: Cannon leads one team while a special guest steers the rival team in games ranging from freestyle rap battles to pure comedy. “Wild ‘n Out” guests this season include his “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Kevin Hart, “Guy Code’s” Lil DuVal, NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and rappers Mac Miller, 2Chainz, Machine Gun Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Joe Budden.
During an interview alongside ”AGT” judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, Cannon talks about his own comedy chops, and the first time he realized he was funny.
“Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out” debuts July 9 at 11 p.m. on MTV2. Watch clips below.