Nick Cannon’s (net worth of 30 million) partnership with ViacomCBS has suddenly and sadly come to an end, after more than twenty years following the actor's anti-Semitic sentiments on his podcast drawing some harsh criticism.
The actor, comedian, rapper, director, writer, producer, and television host has been fired from all his works with the channel including his MTV show Wild 'N Out which he created, a comedy sketch series for VH1, a ViacomCBS-owned cable channel. that aired 15 seasons since it’s debut in 2005, which will unfortunately now have to come to an end.
Nick has also hosted a string of shows for the ViacomCBS owned Nickelodeon channel and was named chairman of spin-off TeenNick in 2009. The star; a regular face on tv is a former host of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and presents The Masked Singer, which is made by Fox, these shows unconnected to CBS.
The company said in a statement to USA TODAY;
"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."
The statement continued.
"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."In Nick’s June "Cannon’s Class" podcast, the US household face talked about racial bias with Richard "Professor Griff" Griffin, an ex-member of Public Enemy who was let go for making anti-Semitic remarks back in 1989. The podcast reportedly was filmed last year and aired two weeks ago.
During the controversial conversation, Cannon promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family and "the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America." Nick praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his ideology. (The Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes the Nation of Islam as a "hate group.")
"The people that don’t have (melanin) are – and I'm going to say this carefully – a little less,” Nick said.
"When they didn't have the power of the sun, it started to deteriorate them so then, they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, they’re acting out of a deficiency.”
The star continued:
"So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn’t have what we have – and when I say 'we,' I speak of the melanated people – they had to be savages. … They’re acting as animals so they’re the ones that are actually closer to animals. They’re the ones that are actually the true savages."
"The Masked Singer" host also defended his statements are non-anti-Semitic because
"Semitic people are Black people" and that Black people are the "true Hebrews."
After sparking fury, Cannon shared an in-depth and explanatory post on Facebook writing,
“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. 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.
When you look at The Media, and other sectors in our nation’s history, African Americans and The people of the Jewish community have partnered to create some of the best, most revolutionary work we know today.
I am an advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly, and candidly. In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all - including myself - must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations - it’s the only way we ALL get better. I encourage more healthy dialogue and welcome any experts, clergy, or spokespersons to any of my platforms to hold me accountable and correct me in any statement that I’ve made that has been projected as negative.
Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!🙏🏾”
In a more recent deep facebook post which demanded an apology from Viacom titled; Truth and Reconciliation he expressed;
“I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us to all grow closer together and learn more about one another. Instead, the moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation. I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the black community.”
He also said in the lengthy post;
“I am forever grateful to them for their love and kindness as leaders and their matriarch like care for me over the years. With their support, I rose to the occasion at Viacom creating philanthropic opportunities and award programming such as the HALO Awards which awarded youth grants for their nonprofit organizations to change the world and end everything from bigotry, homophobia, racism, and even attempting to find a cure for AIDS and Cancer.”
“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. I don’t have to defend myself here, the proof is in the history. I believed that the corporation was becoming more progressive and willing to create helpful spaces and dialogue in these difficult and uncertain times of 2020. Instead, they chose to recently ban all advertisements that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are all still seeking justice for.”
“I also went as far to reach out to Ms. Shari Redstone, the owner of Viacom, to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community. Dead Silence! So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place. “
“Right now is the time for strong voices and compassionate thinkers to step up and create a dialogue of healing. Dr. King said, “We must learn to grow together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools”. Ironically at that time our government called him “the most dangerous Negro in the country” and labeled him a Terrorist. As we all know Hollywood and the media is a dirty business. Still, I honestly can’t believe that Viacom has such a poor council that would allow them to make such a divisive decision in the midst of protests and civil uprising within our current pandemic. Truly an unwise decision.”
The star continued;
“My hope and the original goal was to use this moment to show healing and acceptance and prayed that Viacom would use their powers for good. Instead, I am now receiving death threats, hate messages calling me an ungrateful Nigger and beyond. Viacom’s goal to keep me from providing for my family and lineage will be foiled. They can try to kick me while I’m down or force me to kiss the master’s feet in public for shame and ridicule, but instead, I stand firm on my square with my fist in the air repeating my mantra, “You can’t fire a Boss!”.
Nick Cannon concluded by saying;
“As for Viacom, who is now on the wrong side of history, I will continue to pray for you. I don’t blame any individual, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure. Systemic racism is what this world was built and was the subject in which I was attempting to highlight in the recent clips that have been circulating from my podcast. If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize.
But now I am the one making demands. I demand full ownership of my billion-dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! I demand that the hate and back door bullying cease and while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the Apology!”
However, it looks like Nick recently went on Instagram and put out a Public apology of his own!
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