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Nick Cannon really had us there for a second. On March 7, the father of 12 announced plans to star in «the mother of all game shows,» a shocking new series titled «Who’s Having My Baby?» Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, the show’s premise was pitting single women against one another to choose the mother of Cannon’s next child. In the accompanying promo video, Hart excitedly tells Cannon, «You’re gonna get some contestants that wanna have your baby!» as several ladies walk on stage in front of a studio audience. The teaser claimed the series would release this spring on E!
If the concept sounds too absurd to possibly be real, that’s because it is. We’re relieved to report that «Who’s Having My Baby?» is an elaborate troll, despite E!’s attempts to promise they’re «def not kidding around» about it on Twitter. According to Variety, the hoax was part of a sketch for «an upcoming, not-yet-announced project» from Hart, who will soon be revealing another comedy franchise under the NBCUniversal umbrella. (Hart already hosts E! game show «Celebrity Game Face» and Peacock talk show «Hart to Heart.») So yes, the women in the trailer were hired actors, and no one will be competing to bear Cannon’s offspring — at least not on screen.
The joke caused quite the stir on social media, starting when Cannon first teased the announcement on Twitter on March 6. «EXPECT some big news tomorrow…👀 🍼,» he wrote, leading many to believe he was expecting another child. Tons of people were duped and thought the series was real, as evidenced by the impassioned chatter that spread following the fake teaser. «how is this legal?» one person commented on Cannon’s Instagram, while another tweeted, «Making children w/ multiple women is a gameshow now? This is a mockery of women and children.» Hart has yet to divulge what his actual new project is.
The early April Fools’ prank comes just a few months after Cannon welcomed a daughter named Halo Marie with Alyssa Scott, his 12th child and fifth one born in 2022 alone. He also shares children with Abby De La Rosa, Bre Tiesi, LaNisha Cole, Brittany Bell, and Mariah Carey.