Nick Cannon has long seemed like he’s the whole package. His career as the host of cheesy family reality TV shows like America’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer has been impressively lucrative. He’s also had unreal success with the more raunchy mashup of hip-hop and comedy he created through MTV’s hit show Wild ‘N Out, which has been on the air since 2005.
The dude is pretty much at Ryan Seacrest’s level when it comes to his presence in American culture.
But recently, a podcast conversation that the 39-year-old star had with former Public Enemy member Professor Griffin aired. Throughout the episode of “Cannon’s Class,” Nick makes multiple anti-semitic comments. According to Deadline, the podcast was recorded last year but released two weeks ago.
For example, Cannon discusses anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family in the episode. He also says,
“It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people. When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
Viacom fires Nick Cannon
Thus, ViacomCBS, MTV’s parent company, terminated their relationship with Cannon. In their statement, Viacom writes,
ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.
In lieu of an actual apology for his blatantly racist words, Cannon is now trying to claim that Viacom shouldn’t have dropped him.
Nick Cannon says Viacom is wrong for firing him
Yikes, Nick Cannon, just yikes. In a statement on Facebook posted Wednesday afternoon, Cannon made it clear he does not think he said anything out of line, and that Viacom is actually wrong for firing him.
You can read the full statement on Facebook, but essentially, he claims that ViacomCBS are a bunch of liars. He says they don’t support the Black community and that he tried to reach out to them to apologize about his statements, only to get silence back.
According to Naman Ramachandran at Variety, however, a ViacomCBS spokesperson says Cannon did not reach out at all. “It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached out to the Chair of ViacomCBS.”
Cannon also said that he has received an “outpouring of support” from the Jewish community. He apparently plans to visit Israel to “receive teachings, lessons and truth about the Jewish history.”