MARIAH CAREY is spending hours with Arsenio Hall on his upcoming talk show – and hubby Nick Cannon doesn’t like it one bit, say sources.
The 44-year-old beauty is helping Arsenio, a friend for more than 20 years, plan the launch of his new late-night show this fall, but Nick is feeling left out, reveal pals.
“Nick genuinely likes Arsenio, but he’s intimidated by his close friendship with Mariah,” said an insider.
“They’ve been locked away planning every aspect of the first week of his show.”
Arsenio,58, had a late-night show many years ago when Mariah was a newcomer, and he gave her career a big boost by featuring her on his program. Now the singer wants to repay him by performing live on his new show and perhaps even joining him in a comedy skit.
But her 32-year-old husband, who hosts “America’s Got Talent,” is sick of being shouldered aside, said the insider. “Nick knows there’s nothing untoward going on, but he’s beginning to wonder where his own career is headed. Although he’s a big hit on ‘AGT,’ Nick feels he’s playing second fiddle to Howard Stern and the other judges. He’s dying to star on his own show like Arsenio, yet no one takes him seriously.
“Even Mariah is hesitant to help him because she’s sensitive about mixing business with their marriage and doesn’t want to take the chance that he’ll blame her if he fails.”
While Nick has landed gigs outside of “AGT,” for the most part he stays busy taking care of the couple’s 2-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.
A rep for Mariah denies Nick’s career has led to tension in the marriage, and sources say the sexy entertainer is delighted to be working with her old pal Arsenio.
Quipped the source: “Now all she needs to do is figure out a way to keep her bored hubby happy!”