Nick Cannon’s daytime talk show will no longer launch this fall, following controversy over his comments many felt to be anti-Semitic and his subsequent apologies.
The new show was supposed to start in September, but Lionsgate says he wants to continue the healing process as Cannon meets with leaders of the Jewish community.
Lionsgate says he’s at Cannon’s side but plans to put the daytime talk show on hold for a year until fall 2021.
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“Nick Cannon’s talk show won’t debut this year. After conversations with Nick, we believe his public comments do not reflect his true feelings and his apology is sincere and sincere, ”Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury said in a statement. “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in dialogue with our channel partners to hear their views. We back Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he can use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show.
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“Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech. It goes against everything we stand for.
The decision to continue pushing back the talk show comes after ViacomCBS fired the Battery line actor of his improvisation show Wild ‘n out after his anti-Semitic comments on a recent podcast.
Cannon, which remains the host of The masked singer, apologized, saying, “First of all, I offer my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish brothers and sisters for the hurtful and conflicting words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin. They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and beautiful people and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place where these words come from.
“The video for this interview has since been deleted. As the Jewish experience spans over 5,000 years and I still have a lot to learn, I have had at least a little history lesson over the past few days and say this opens up my mind. eyes would be an understatement, ”he continued.
“I want to express my gratitude to the rabbis, community leaders and institutions who contacted me to help enlighten me, instead of berating me,” Cannon added. “I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education – I am committed to making deeper connections, deeper learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today. today and every day in the future. “
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Cannon’s apology came after his remarks received an online reaction from a podcast in which he and former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin discussed racial prejudice. The podcast was reportedly recorded last year and aired two weeks ago.
Griffin was fired from Public Enemy for making anti-Semitic remarks in a 1989 interview with the Washington Post.
During Cannon and Griffin’s conversation, the couple discussed the term anti-Semitic and claimed that it could not be used against blacks because “the Semitic people and language have nothing to do with whites.” .
In Cannon’s hour-long podcast, he and Griffin argue that black people are the real Hebrews and that the Jews have impersonated them.
“It is never hate speech, you cannot be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people. When we are the same people they want to be. It is our birthright, ”Cannon said, adding,“ We are the true Hebrews.
Cannon then moves on to a discussion of skin color.
“And I will say it with caution,” he said, while saying that people who lack melanin are “a little less”.
Those who are not dark skinned have a “deficiency” that has historically forced them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence in order to survive, he said.
“They must have been savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jews, whites, Europeans,” among others.
—With files from The Associated Press
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