While Nick Cannon continues prepping for his talk show debut, Radar is told production is in panic mode because they can't find enough celebrity guests to book for the launch date.
An insider tells us, Cannon's team is "having a bit of a hard time finding the guests it needs to launch within the fall."
We've learned that while many industry bosses have forgiven Cannon for his anti-Semitic rant, there are still several who are "worried about putting big names on his show because of the scandal."
Radar is told publicists fear "upsetting their clients' fanbase" and causing a PR nightmare.
Cannon is looking to his ex-wife Mariah Carey to bail him out of the mess.
"He, of course, wants his ex-wife Mariah to be one of his first guest," our source says.
Whether Mariah will fall on the sword for her baby daddy is another story.
Despite the hiccup with show guests, Cannon's team is up for the challenge.
"Nick's staff is working hard and determined to make it all work," another show insider tells Radar.
They are going to "prove the show is gonna be great, but it's not an easy talk," our source explains.
Not only does Cannon have a famous ex-wife, but he also has A-list friends who he's also looking to for a favor.
"Luckily, Nick has some A-list pals who will support him and come on the show," we're told.
Cannon was fired from his longtime gig on Wild 'N Out after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast last year.
After catching backlash for his rant, the ex-host posted a troubling message that made fans worry about his mental health.
“I hurt an entire community and it pained me to my core. I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then I watched my own community turn on me and call me a sell-out for apologizing. Goodnight. Enjoy Earth," he wrote.
Despite losing his Wild 'N Out job, Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury -- who owns his talk show -- issued a statement expressing their support for Cannon but pushed the premiere date.
"The ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show will not debut this year,” the statement read.
“After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere. We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views,” they told Us Weekly. “We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show.”