Cannon has walked back from his attack Nick interviewed “Professor Griff” on “Cannon’s Class”
DUMPED “Wild ’N Out” host Nick Cannon is firing back at his former bosses, who axed him from the MTV show for making anti-Semitic comments on his podcast! Now he’s demanding an apology from his old bosses — after publicly admitting he was wrong for saying “the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth” about the Jewish community.
The former “America’s Got Talent” host, 39, made the disturbing statements during the June 30 episode of “Cannon’s Class.”
The show featured Nick interviewing controversial rapper Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, who was tossed out of Public Enemy for making anti-Semitic statements in 1989. During the show, Cannon said Black people are the “true Hebrews” and charged Jews have seized their identity. He also claimed white people were “savages” historically because they lacked the “compassion” that comes with melanin — skin pigmentation.
ViacomCBS canned Cannon nearly two weeks later. The company also rejected his accusations against them. Before issuing his complete apology, Mariah Carey’s ex-husband rushed to Twitter to insist:
“I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric.”
Nick also released a blistering statement on Facebook accusing ViacomCBS of being on “the wrong side of history.”
He charged the company was making “an example of an outspoken Black man” and demanded “full ownership of the ‘Wild ’N Out’ brand” — with an apology!
Nick Cannon Apologized, Saving His ‘Masked Singer’ Gig
Nick took to Facebook to discuss his thoughts on the firing. After a video went viral on social media of the host talking about the comments in question, he maintained that he reached out to Viacom owner Shari Redstone “to have a conversation of reconciliation.” He also demanded full ownership of the Wild ‘N Out brand he created and brought to the network starting in 2005.
But after being met with initial backlash by those that found his comments ant-Semitic, he took to Facebook again to put out two separate posts apologizing for his actions. “First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin,” he wrote. “They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from.” The video of this podcast interview has been removed.
He went on to say “I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me. I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education—I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.” In another post, he spoke about how he had the “opportunity to converse with Rabbi Abraham Cooper director of global social action @SimonWiesenthal My first words to my brother was, I apologize for the hurt I caused the Jewish Community.”
The Network Said Nick Will Be Keeping His Hosting Job After Apologizing
On the episode of the podcast that put him in hot water, he explained that he “used words and referenced literature I assumed to be factual to uplift my community but instead turned out to be hateful propaganda and stereotypical rhetoric that pained another community.” He finished off the apology saying “For this, I am deeply sorry, but now together we can write a new chapter of healing.” These two Facebook apologies prompted Fox to respond with a statement of their own. The network explained how they immediately sprung into action after Nick’s podcast went viral and encouraged dialogue with him. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends” the statement said.
Fox will be keeping Nick as the host for season four of The Masked Singer set to air this fall. The show is still in pre-production working on casting celebrities and costumes so no filming has been done yet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.