Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes costarred in 'All That'

Nick Cannon wrote a lengthy open letter to former All That costar Amanda Bynes, who he describes as being practically family.

Cannon, who among many other things, serves as the host for America’s Got Talent, has been repeatedly questioned in interviews about Bynes. He explains in his open letter that he initially chose to deflect the questions or answer with a quip, but in light of the former actress’ 5150, he felt it was time to seriously address her plight.

“Imagine being the breadwinner in your household before you can even drive. Imagine your parents, teachers, and employers NEVER telling you NO,” Cannon wrote on his website. “Anything you ask for or want, the world gives you, at some point you are bound to self-destruct. I call this 'access to excess.' I’ve seen it happen to many of my friends and colleagues young and old. It goes back to that old saying; 'Too much of anything is bad for anyone.' Whether it’s fame, money, sex, drugs, attention. It’s all a dangerous addiction.“

He goes on to say, “When there is no balance in your life a person will always become victim to their reality or lack thereof. The question is, when this destruction occurs, who is there to help put back the pieces. What do you do when you have no solid support system? You become paranoid, frantic, manic, irrational because you can bounce your thoughts or ideas off of anyone anymore. Your reality no longer allows you to reason with the world.”

Nick Cannon & Amanda Bynes with the cast of 'All That'

Cannon admonishes those who would judge Bynes, make fun of her or belittle her situation. He implores people to imagine if she were a relative or even themselves. Cannon, continuing to appeal to empathy, adds that not having family and friends one can trust during hard times makes it harder to get out of life’s tough spots.

Closing the letter, the actor/rapper/host writes, “I say to my sister Amanda Bynes you’re not alone. I’m here for you. I understand. I care and I appreciate you, because that’s what family does and that’s what family is for.”

Bynes was put under an involuntary psychiatric hold (5150) on July 22 after she allegedly started a fire in the driveway of her childhood home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her parents, Richard and Lynn Bynes, have since sought conservatorship of their daughter. A court hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 9.

– Chelsea Regan

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