Two weeks after a hospitalization for kidney issues, Nick Cannon got on the radio with Howard Stern on Tuesday (January 17) morning to discuss his recent health scare and bury the hatchet on his feud with the satellite-radio star.
On his first day back on the radio in New York, Cannon revealed that his doctors originally thought he had gotten acute mountain sickness while visiting Aspen, Colorado, over the holidays. But after a series of tests, they realized it was kidney-related, and a bit more serious than they realized. “They thought it was kidney stones, then a kidney infection,” explained Cannon. “They found out my kidneys were not functioning well. So we said ‘mild kidney failure.’”
Cannon said he has a couple more procedures he needs to undergo, but overall, “I’m good. I’m feeling 100 percent.” Stern joked with Cannon that the DJ/radio/TV host/stand-up comedian/sitcom actor and entrepreneur needs to slow down in order to avoid another health issue. “Because of this situation, I know that I don’t need to go so hard,” said Cannon. “It’s more about just my way of living … It’s really about taking some time.”
Cannon was transferred to an L.A.-area facility after initially being hospitalized in Aspen, where he was vacationing with wife Mariah Carey, and their twins, Moroccan and Monroe. “As always, he’s in good spirits considering the situation,” Carey said at the time about her hubby, noting that he was “in a lot of pain” and that “the situation is not easy. We really appreciate everybody’s love and support.”
The formerly battling pair (Cannon beefed with Stern after he felt the shock jock had insulted Carey and questioned Cannon’s radio skills) teamed up for the joint interview to discuss not only Cannon’s illness, but their upcoming gig working together on “America’s Got Talent.”
Stern has famously complained for years about how exhausting his early morning radio hours are and he shared his anxiety about pulling double-duty on his signature satellite gig and “Talent” once the reality competition kicks off auditions next month. “I could not do your schedule and have the pressures of two young kids at home,” said Stern about Cannon juggling work with taking care of the couple’s twins.
“When you got ill, I seriously debated not doing the show,” said Stern about “Talent,” which is moving to New York this season to accommodate the radio giant’s schedule. “You are an excellent host.”
Stern also pressed Cannon to talk about his liaisons with Kim Kardashian and (allegedly) Lindsay Lohan, but in the end the former playboy said it is love of his life Carey who he is hopelessly devoted to.
“I’m happier than happy,” said Cannon of his marriage to the woman he said was one of his idols growing up. “Especially though this entire process, we’ve become so much closer … I even got a chance to see a different side of my wife where she became so nurturing. I’m in debt to her forever. “