Whitney Houston's passing sent shockwaves around the globe, and in light of his own recent health problems, America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon reveals the icon's sudden death had a profound impact on his decision to leave his 92.3 NOW Rollin' morning show, and take better care of himself in the long run.
"I was in my hospital bed looking up, seeing all this go down," said Nick, who spent the very same weekend of Whitney's death in the hospital tending to blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart.'
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"Nobody knew at the time so it was a lot of emotions going on to know that I had such a life-threatening health scare and then [Whitney died]...It was eerie, it was sad."
Cannon announced this morning that he would be stepping down from his radio show to give his body a much-needed rest. Nick's focus, apart from tending to his health, will be directed to AGT, which launched the Los Angeles leg of auditions for season seven this afternoon.
Alongside America's Got Talent judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandell and Sharon Osbourne, Cannon appeared in good spirits despite his trying weekend.
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"I'm feeling good," he told ET. "But we're taking it one day at a time. We're making sure that, like, I got out of the hospital actually earlier this week, at the beginning of the week and I wanted to make sure that I could come out here and do this and be healthy so I'm taking it one day at a time…I kind of had to step back away just to make sure I could make [America's Got Talent] work."
As far as staying in top shape during filming, Nick says his wife Mariah Carey has that aspect covered, keeping close tabs on his well being -- via his co-workers.
"My wife is definitely putting the smack down. Sent everyone an email to make sure I get enough water, enough fruit... Make sure my feet are elevated. It's all happening."
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Cannon also revealed that Mariah (and himself included, if his health cooperates) intends to appear at Whitney's services in New Jersey.
"I'm going to try my best to see if I could get back there to be there for the memorial and you know, be there to support my wife as well so we're figuring it out."
Season seven of America's Got Talent will premiere this spring on NBC.
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