'Masked Singer': Guest Judge Yvette Nicole Brown Reveals Her 'Community'-Inspired Nickname for Ken Jeong (Exclusive Video)

AND NO ONE ELSE CAN CALL HIM THAT

Wednesday’s new episode of “The Masked Singer” will feature the return of the Fox singing competition’s fan-favorite smackdown battles, as well as Yvette Nicole Brown’s first-ever stint as guest judge on the show. And in TheWrap’s exclusive clip from tonight’s installment, Brown’s arrival is quickly followed by the reveal of her special nickname for “Masked Singer” panelist Ken Jeong.

In the video, which you can view above, host Nick Cannon says he heard Brown has “a cute little nickname” for her fellow “Community” alum.

“Yes, Ken and I call each other bubby,” she said. “It comes from our ‘Community’ time when we were lovers. We were lovers on ‘Community’ and so we call each other bubby to this day.”

For those of you who are not obsessive fans of the Dan Harmon-created comedy, we’ll fill in the blanks here: Brown’s character, Shirley, and Jeong’s character, Ben Chang, hooked up at one point.

“Alright! Hey bubby, you good?” Cannon said, in response to their adorable reveal.

Oh, wait, no they aren’t cool with that. Turns out Yvette, and “only” Yvette, can call Ken bubby.

No, no, “boundaries, Nick Cannon,” Ken tells him.

“The Masked Singer” returns to its regular one-hour length tonight, following last week’s supersize 2-hour episode, which featured the top nine competitors from Groups A, B and C coming together for the first time to begin their weeks-long battle for Season 3’s golden mask trophy.

The format will be switched up a bit, with just four singers — Turtle, Kangaroo, Astronaut and Night Angel — from the remaining eight contestants competing on tonight’s episode. They will face off in pairs, withe one getting the lowest vote for each face-off competing in the smackdown round. The one who loses the smackdown will be eliminated/unmasked at the end of the episode.

“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

15 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From 'Duncanville' to 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' (Photos)

  • When it comes to broadcast TV, winter is typically no fall — but a few of this year’s new midseason shows could have made the cut for an earlier start, ratings-wise. TheWrap has ranked all of 2020’s midseason series premieres — so far — by their “live” total-viewer tallies. Spinoffs of Fox’s “9-1-1” and CBS’ “FBI” had impressive starts, The CW’s “Riverdale” offshoot did not. Scroll through our gallery for the Nielsen returns for the 15 midseason shows that have debuted this season and check back for updates as more premiere. Least-watched is first, most-watched is last. Readers can find our Fall TV version of these rankings here here.

    Fox/NBC/CBS/The CW

  • Rank:  15     Show:   “Katy Keene”   Net:  The CW   Total Viewers: 568,000

    The CW

  • Rank:  14     Show:   “Duncanville”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 1.5 million

    Fox

  • Rank:  13     Show:  “Flirty Dancing”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 1.8 million* (*Time period premiere. Special post-NFL doubleheader series debut, which aired live across all timezones, earned 3.2 million viewers) 

    Fox

  • Rank:   12    Show:     “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”*   Net:  NBC    Total Viewers: 2 million* (*Time period premiere. Sneak-peek preview of first episode got 2.7 million viewers)

    NBC

  • Rank:   11    Show:   “Indebted”  Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 2.1 million

    NBC

  • Rank:  10     Show:   “For Life”   Net:  ABC   Total Viewers: 3.178 million

    ABC

  • Rank:   9    Show:   “Outmatched”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 3.202 million

    Fox

  • Rank:   8   Show:   “Council of Dads”   Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 3.9 million

    NBC

  • Rank:  7    Show:  “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector”   Net:  NBC   Total Viewers: 4.4 million

    NBC

  • Rank:   6   Show:  “Deputy”    Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 4.6 million

    Fox

  • Rank:   5    Show:   “Tommy”   Net:  CBS   Total Viewers: 4.787 million

    CBS

  • Rank:  4    Show:   “Lego Masters”   Net:  Fox   Total Viewers: 4.837 million

    Fox

  • Rank:   3    Show:  “9-1-1: Lone Star”   Net: Fox   Total Viewers: 5.8 million* (*Time period premiere. Special post-NFC Championship series debut earned 11.5 million viewers) 

    Fox

  • Rank:   2    Show:  “Broke”   Net:  CBS  Total Viewers: 7.05 million

    CBS

  • Rank:   1    Show:  “FBI: Most Wanted”   Net:  CBS  Total Viewers: 7.1 million

    CBS

Two spinoffs start off strong — one does not

When it comes to broadcast TV, winter is typically no fall — but a few of this year’s new midseason shows could have made the cut for an earlier start, ratings-wise. TheWrap has ranked all of 2020’s midseason series premieres — so far — by their “live” total-viewer tallies. Spinoffs of Fox’s “9-1-1” and CBS’ “FBI” had impressive starts, The CW’s “Riverdale” offshoot did not. Scroll through our gallery for the Nielsen returns for the 15 midseason shows that have debuted this season and check back for updates as more premiere. Least-watched is first, most-watched is last. Readers can find our Fall TV version of these rankings here here.

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