Nick Cannon, the creator of Wild ‘N Out who has been in business with Viacom since he was a child star the 1990s, has been dropped by the network over anti-Semitic comments on his podcast.
On June 30, Cannon had former Public Enemy member Professor Griff on his show Cannon’s Class. Griff’s long-running comments on Jewish people led to his departure from PE, and he repeated some of his conspiracy theories about Jewish people and their relationship to people of African descent.
Via Variety, ViacomCBS made the following announcement:
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. 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. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.
Cannon has offered several explanations in recent days, including a Twitter thread:
Cannon has hosted America’s Got Talent and currently hosts The Masked Singer. It’s not clear if this will affect his relationships with other networks, or if it will affect his planned syndicated talk show.
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