Nick Cannon’s professional future is unclear after he made anti-Semitic comments.
On Wednesday, the TV host and actor was dropped by ViacomCBS for what he said during the June 30 episode of his podcast, Cannon’s Class. His guest was rapper Professor Griff (real name: Richard Griffin), who once caused controversy of his own with anti-Semitic statements he made when he was part of Public Enemy.
Cannon discussed conspiracy theories and said Black people are the “true Hebrews.”
“It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” Cannon said. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
In a statement, ViacomCBS said, in part, that Cannon had “promoted hateful speech.”
Cannon has since addressed his comments in a statement: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding,” he said. “The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles.”
At the same time, Cannon accused ViacomCBS, for which he produces and stars in long-running TV series Wild ’N Out, of not respecting or understanding the Black community. He insisted they give him ownership of the show he created. “I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise,” Cannon said on social media. “Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me. For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ’N Out.”
Still, Cannon is a busy man, and he has many other projects in the works, including a daytime TV show set to debut in September and his gigs hosting and executive-producing The Masked Singer. Producers Debmar-Mercury, who are working on Nick Cannon, declined to comment when contacted by Yahoo Entertainment. A spokesperson for the Fox reality competition also declined to comment.
On the big screen, Cannon is expected to provide the voice of the main character in the upcoming animated flick Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk. He’ll join Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Chung in the live-action heist movie The Misfits. The companies behind those projects did not immediately respond to questions about Cannon’s continued involvement.
Cannon did receive some public support after ViacomCBS’s announcement, most notably from Sean “Diddy” Combs, who invited him to join his Revolt TV.
— Diddy (@Diddy) July 15, 2020
NBA star Dwyane Wade tweeted in favor of Cannon too, at first. He originally wrote, “We are with you. Keep leading.” However, he later revised his statement.
I want to clarify my now deleted tweet. I was not supporting or condoning what Nick Cannon specifically said, but I had expressed my support of him owning the content and brand he helped create 🙏🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 15, 2020
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