Nick Cannon’s scheduled daytime talk show pushed back amid anti-Semitism controversy
Nick Cannon’s scheduled daytime talk show was postponed following the recent backlash against his anti-Semitic comments.
The news was announced in a joint statement from Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury provided to CNN on Friday.
According to the statement, “The ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show will not 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,” the statement said. “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.”
The statement went on to say, “We stand behind Nick in our hope that by the fall of 2021 he can use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the talk show” Nick Cannon “.”
“Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech,” he concluded. “It goes against everything we stand for.”
This was only the latest development in the controversy.
Early Friday, Cannon spoke of the reaction to his apologies for the remarks.
He tweeted: “I hurt a whole community and it hurt me deep down, I thought it couldn’t be worse.”
“Then I saw my own community turn on me and sell out to sell out to apologize,” the tweet continued. ‘Good evening. Enjoy the Earth. ‘
He then added, “You can all have this planet. I’m outside!’
ViacomCBS ended a decades-long relationship with Cannon this week after being joined by controversial hip hop figure Professor Griff in a recent episode of the ‘Cannon’s Class’ podcast, where the talks turned to black people. like the “true Hebrews” and included anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
In 1989, Griff was briefly kicked out of the rap group Public Enemy after making anti-Semitic comments, but later joined the group as “supreme ally leader of community relations,” according to a New York Times article this year. the.
During his appearance on Cannon’s podcast, Griff doubled down on his past comments and said he was “hated now because I told the truth.”
Cannon said Griff was “talking about the facts” and amplified Griff’s view that the Jewish people controlled the media, comparing them to the power of the Rothschild family, banking scions who have long been the target of conspiracy theories anti-Semitic.
The host of “The Masked Singer” also disputed that such views were anti-Semitic, claiming that blacks were the “real Hebrews”.
“It is never hate speech. You cannot be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people, ”he said. “When we’re the same people they want to be. It is our birthright. We are the true Hebrews. ‘
On Monday, Cannon posted a series of tweets about the controversy, writing “Anyone who knows me knows I have no hate in my heart or malicious intent.”
“I do not tolerate hate speech or the spread of hate rhetoric,” he wrote. “We live in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.”
He added that he is “an advocate for the voices of the people to be heard openly, fairly and frankly.”
ViacomCBS has had a professional relationship with Cannon for several years and is the parent company of several networks including Nickelodeon, on which Cannon appeared as an actor from the 1990s.
ViacomCBS also owns MTV, where Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” comedy series has been popular since its debut in 2005 and has recently expanded to its sister network, VH1.
On Wednesday, a company spokesperson released a statement to CNN saying the company “condemns bigotry of all kinds and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.”
“We spoke with Nick Cannon about an episode of his ‘Cannon’s Class’ podcast on YouTube, which promoted hate speech and broadcast anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” the statement said.
“While we support continued education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has not acknowledged or apologized for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are ending our relationship with him.”
On the same day, Cannon shared a lengthy post titled “Truth and Reconciliation” on his official Facebook page in which he requested full ownership of his “Wild ‘N Out” brand and said that ViacomCBS was “now on the wrong side of the story “.
“I don’t blame anyone, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure,” Cannon wrote.
“Systemic racism is what this world was built on and that was the topic I was trying to highlight in recent clips that have circulated from my podcast. If I have encouraged hate speech, I sincerely apologize. ‘
He also apologized to the Jewish community.
“I have to apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters for putting them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know this whole situation has hurt a lot of people and together we will fix it, ”he wrote. “I have devoted my daily efforts to continuing conversations to bring the Jewish community and the African American community closer together, embracing our differences and sharing our commonalities.”
He follow up this apology with a on Twitter in a thread where he tweeted his thanks to the rabbis and other members of the Jewish community who he said contacted him to educate him.
Cannon tweeted that his comments “reinforce the worst stereotypes of a proud and beautiful people and I’m ashamed of the uninformed and naive place these words come from.” The video for this interview has since been deleted.
Fox, who employs Cannon as the host of their popular reality show “The Masked Singer,” released a statement Wednesday that he will keep his job with them.
“When we learned of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately entered into a dialogue with Nick,” the statement read. “It is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hatred. It was important for us to observe. Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and make amends.
CNN has reached out to representatives for Cannon for further comment.