Nick Cannon‘s forthcoming dream role has been approved by the man he’s set to portray: Freeway Ricky Ross. In an exclusive interview with Hip Hollywood, the ex-con showered Cannon with tons of praise. Cannon’s portrayal of the former drug dealer is a far cry from his more comedic gigs, including creating Wild’N Out and hosting America’s Got Talent. Ross however believes that the 32-year-old will do an amazing job. “My gut feeling is telling me that Nick is going to kill it,” he predicted. “I believe that he is the next big star, black star coming out, it just seems so right to me right now.” Ross is said to have reached out to the likes of Jamie Foxx, Larenz Tate, Don Cheadle, and Denzel Washington about playing him. He believes that his story is different from films of a similar context, in that there “hasn’t been a drug dealer that has come out and put everything out.” Equally excited about the flick is Cannon. “I’ve been wanting him to play my role since ’96,” he said in a video posted online, further explaining his close relationship with Ross. “We family now, we are going to get this thing right. However long it takes, his story has got to be told.”
BET’s Real Husbands Of Hollywood mock-reality show appears to be a hit. Helmed by Kevin Hart, and featuring the likes of J.B Smoove, Robin Thicke, Nelly, Nick Cannon,and more, the show grabbed a larger audience than any other scripted program airing in its time slot. According to Vulture.com, RHOH earned a 2.0 rating (or 4 million viewers) among the coveted 18-49 demographic. That means BET won it’s time slot over everything on NBC, ABC, and Fox. “I personally thank you on behalf of the rest of the cast we thank you,” Hart told an audience at the Los Angeles screening of RHOH, last week. “We put a group of people together that I did not see ever coming together. All egos were put to the side, we all made a great television show.” Hart went on to state the motivation behind the show came out of the popularity of reality TV hits like the Real Housewives of Atlanta. “We all talk trash about them, but nobody’s mocked them. We took the opportunity to mock them the only way we know how, by making fun of ourselves as an example.” BET was able to keep interest high for its Second Generation Wayans show which aired directly after RHOH and averaged 3.4 million viewers. Additionally, encore presentations of both show brought in more big numbers, giving BET a total of 11 million viewers.