Nick Cannon

Under doctor's orders, Nick Cannon stepping down from morning radio program

Feb. 17, 2012 at 8:17 AM ET

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Nick Cannon's health problems aren't limited to his kidneys.

UPDATED: Nick Cannon’s health troubles aren’t over. Citing doctor's orders, the "America's Got Talent" host is stepping down from his morning radio program.

In a statement released Friday, Cannon said: "Under doctor’s orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule. ...  I will continue to host my syndicated “Cannon’s Countdown” weekend show and look forward to contributing to 92.3 NOW whenever possible. Even Superman has to sleep.”

Less than two months after being hospitalized for kidney issues around the holidays, Cannon told listeners on his 92.3 FM radio show that he was just released from the hospital for blood clots in his lungs.

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“I have been in the hospital since Friday, and actually, it’s quite serious. I didn’t even know,” Cannon said on the air earlier this week. “I was actually trying to downplay it a lot -- even in my own mind -- (and) not go to the hospital because I was having a lot of pain in my back and I thought it was the typical kidney pain that I had been experiencing, but I thought it had been a little bit heightened.”

Cannon eventually check into a hospital, where he found out he had “two blood clots in my lungs,” he said on his radio show.

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“And because of the blood clots in my lungs, I also had an enlarged ventricle ... in my heart,” he added.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge said his kidney situation is better these days, but his lowered immune system, and his traveling may have contributed to the blood clot situation.

“My antibodies (in) my immune system were attacking my organs and it made my body even weaker,” he added. “And I travel a lot, I fly a lot. Anyone who flies a lot can be a victim to possibly getting blood clots ‘cause it can start in your legs, or your lower back, but that, on top of my previous condition, actually made me more prone to this.”

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Cannon said his condition could have been more serious if he hadn’t been physically fit.

“My doctor was like, ‘Luckily, you’re in shape, because most people who get blood clots in their lungs can’t breathe and they stop breathing, like, forever,’” he recounted. “I didn’t have that symptom of not being able to breathe. I mean it hurt; I had pain; when I took deep breaths it really hurt, and I told my doctors about this and they hooked me up and everything’s good now.”

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