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'America's Got Talent' host says absence from family 'hardest thing I've had to do'

June 15, 2011 Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon

Los Angeles, CA, United States (Celebrity News Service) - "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon says filming the show on the road less than two months after the birth of his twin babies is "probably one of the hardest things I've had to do."

Cannon, who has hosted three of the show's six seasons, admitted to reporters during a phone interview Monday that while hosting the show can be fun, staying away from his family can be very difficult.

"We haven't done the live shows, but even - I mean I've still been on the road and the Vegas shows and everything, and it's quite difficult," he said. "I mean, it's probably one of the hardest things I had to do and I didn't even really think about how difficult that was going to be, because I have - my life has always been, you know, kind of on the road and going."

But the 30-year-old Cannon, who welcomed daughter Monroe and son Moroccan on April 30 with wife and singer Mariah Carey, said he can't slow down now that he's a new father.

"I'm going to have to, you know, speed up. I've got mouths to feed now. I've got to put my kids through college, so that gives me a whole different drive. It gives me a different type of momentum to want to do more and be, you know, the best provider and father that I can possibly be."

The popular talent show, which features singers, dancers, magicians and other performers vying for a chance to win $1 million, has brought in big ratings for NBC, and Cannon said time flies when he's hosting.

"'America's Got Talent' is the best summer job anyone could ever ask for. I mean, I have so much fun on this show just watching people strive for their dreams and have a good time at it. When you think about competition shows, a lot of them take themselves so seriously. They're always talking about the stakes and, you know, it could change our life. This show is more just about having fun," he said. "I mean, of course there's a $1 million prize at the end, but I think we really tap into the family fun of it and being able to have programming where you can just forget about all the stresses of the world and just sit down and enjoy some fun."

When asked how Cannon would feel if his children grow up wanting to get into the family business, he said he has other hopes for their future.

"I'm not really a fan of encouraging my kids to be entertainers. Not because I think there's anything wrong with it, I mean I think it's beautiful when a young person is, you know, striving for their dreams, and if my children do want to do that I'll be as fully supportive as possible," he said. "But, I just think there's so many other things in the world to become and to strive for. I mean, I think a lot of times we value the entertainment industry way too much when - it's all great. It's amazing, but you know I want my children to be heart surgeons or a college professor."

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