The television star demanded an apology after being fired from the network.By Victoria Moorwood
Nick Cannon has accused ViacomCBS of lying about his termination and demanded full ownership of his “Wild ‘N Out” series after being accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, which led to his termination on Tuesday (July 14).
“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,” he wrote in a lengthy statement on Facebook.
In a press release announcing his dismissal, Viacom accused Cannon of promoting “hateful speech” and “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” The company also wrote it was “deeply troubled” that the television star “failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism.”
However, in his new statement, Cannon claims that he did reach out to ViacomCBS Chair Shari Redstone to apologize for his comments personally.
“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!” he wrote. “So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place.”
Cannon also accused Viacom of banning “all advertisement that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor” and “mistreating and robbing [the African American] community for years.” The TV host wrote that despite receiving racist and death threats amid the backlash for his comments, he’s also received an “outpouring of love and support from the Jewish community.”
“I must 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 many people and together we will make it right,” he wrote.
Cannon was dismissed from ViacomCBS yesterday after comments he made during a June 30 episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast went viral. Joined by ex-Public Enemy Professor Griff — who left the group in 1989 after making anti-Semitic remarks — Cannon said that “Jewish people, white people, Europeans” and others “had to be savages.”
“It’s never hate speech. You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” he said in another widely criticized excerpt. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
Cannon is also the host and executive producer of the Fox series “The Masked Singer.” In his post, he announced that he’ll be hosting a new daily talk show on the network “where the ultimate goal is to bring people closer together during these difficult times.”