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Nick Cannon completely flip-flops on anti-Semitic remarks after Fox network steps in

TV host and producer Nick Cannon issued a lengthy apology on Wednesday night for anti-Semitic remarks he made, which cost him a job this week and potentially put another job in jeopardy.

He appeared to make the apology after one of his employers — Fox Broadcasting Company — reportedly gave him a stern talking-to over the remarks.

What’s the history?

Cannon made decidedly anti-Semitic remarks about Jewish people during a 2019 episode of his podcast, “Cannon’s Class.” He issued the controversial comments during a conversation with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin.

ViacomCBS — parent company of MTV — fired Cannon, 39, following the remarks, which recently resurfaced on the internet. Up until his firing, ViacomCBS had employed Cannon since the 1990s.

Following his firing from ViacomCBS, Cannon blasted the company for firing him — a move that he said placed the company “on the wrong side of history.” He also insisted upon an apology from the company — which he never received. He also said that he was a victim of systemic racism because of the firing.

He wrote, “I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us all to grow closer together and learn more about one another. Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked [sic] to make an example of an outspoken black man.”

Cannon added, “They wanted to put the young negro in his place. They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with.”

He had a busy Wednesday — because after slamming the network for firing him, he told Fast Company that he would not apologize for the remarks.

It seemed apparent that Fox — which employs him as the host of its hit show “The Masked Singer” — got to him afterward, however, and said that immediately after the company learned of Cannon’s remarks, it “immediately began a dialogue with Nick” about his remarks. A company spokesman also issued the following statement on the status of his employment:

Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly.

What did he say in his apology?

The TV host and producer made the new apology on Facebook, writing, “First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin.”

During the questionable exchange with Griffin, Cannon said that blacks are the “true Hebrews” and that Jewish people have appropriated their identities. He also insisted that light-skinned Jews “have a deficiency” that prevents dark skin, and more.

“[The remarks] reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naive place that these words came from,” he continued on Wednesday evening. “The video of this interview has since been removed.”

Cannon also promised to educate himself in order to strengthen the “bond” between black and Jewish people.

“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education — I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” he insisted.

He also added that he now realizes that he only perpetuated “hateful propaganda” and pushed “stereotypical rhetoric” with his remarks.

“I just had the blessed opportunity to converse with Rabbi Abraham Cooper director of global social action @SimonWiesenthal My first words to my brother was, I apologize for the hurt I caused the Jewish Community,” he wrote in a follow-up Facebook post. “On my podcast I used words and referenced literature I assumed to be factual to uplift my community, but instead turned out to be hateful propaganda and stereotypical rhetoric that pained another community. For this I am deeply sorry, but now together we can write a new chapter of healing.”

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Nick Cannon blames ‘systemic racism’ after being fired over anti-Semitic rant, demands show ownership and apology

Celebrity TV show host Nick Cannon fired off a lengthy statement responding to his termination by ViacomCBS over a bizarre anti-Semitic rant on his podcast show.

A statement from ViacomCBS on Tuesday condemned hate speech and ended the decades long entertainment relationship the organization had with the popular host.

Cannon fired back with his own defiant statement on Wednesday.

“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,” Cannon said in part according to Deadline.

Cannon went on to relate his extensive history with ViacomCBS, including his creation of the popular show “Wild ‘N Out.”

“Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me,” he continued. “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.”

He then accused the company of banning commercials in support of the protests over George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. He also claimed that he reached out to Viacom’s owner and received no response.

“So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place. They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with,” Cannon continued.

ViacomCBS denied the accusations.

‘Systemic racism is what this world was built on’

Cannon went on to claim that he was “threatened and mistreated” by NBC for years, which he called an oppressive corporation. He also blamed “systemic racism” for ViacomCBS firing him.

“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 on 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,” he added.

He concluded by demanding full ownership of the “Wild ‘N Out” brand and an apology.

Here’s more about the Cannon controversy:

Nick Cannon Fired From ViacomCBS After Anti-Semitic Remarks Made On Podcast | TODAY

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ViacomCBS terminates relationship with Nick Cannon over anti-Semitic rants on his podcast

After a decadeslong relationship with megastar host Nick Cannon, ViacomCBS terminated their association after public furor over anti-Semitic rants he posted on his podcast show.

The bizarre comments from Cannon resurfaced from a show he published in 2019 and resulted in condemnations from numerous Jewish groups.

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hate speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” the company added.

“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,” the statement said.

“We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry,” the company added. “ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”

Cannon developed the “Wild ‘N Out” show for Viacom channels MTV and VH1 in 2005, but has worked for the company since the 1990s.

Cannon offered a statement from his Twitter account denying that he had made comments including hate speech but many noted that he didn’t really apologize for the accusations he made against the Jewish people.

In an interview with Fast Company, Cannon later said he would not apologize for the comments.

The popular host also heads Fox’s “The Masked Singer” show, but the company has not commented on the controversy.

Here’s more about the Nick Cannon controversy:

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Jewish groups call out TV host Nick Cannon for defending Louis Farrakhan and spreading anti-Semitic conspiracies

Jewish groups called out megastar host Nick Cannon over a resurfaced YouTube video where he ranted about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Audio of the bizarre claims from Cannon were posted to social media from critics who called for Cannon to be dropped from his current entertainment projects. The video comes from his YouTube show named “Cannon’s Class” in an episode from 2019.

“When we speak of, because this is where it truly is, and we talk about the six corporations, when we go as deep as the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the thirteen families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America, when we talk about the people who if we were truly the children of Israel, and we’re defining who the Jewish people are, because I feel like if we actually can understand that construct then we can see that there really is no hate involved,” Cannon explained.

“When we talk about the lies, the deceit, how the fake dollar controls all of this, then maybe we can get to the reason why they wanted to silence you and why they wanted to silence Mister Farrakhan and they want to throw that, we are having hate speech when it’s never hate speech,” he added.

“You can’t be anti-Semitic when the Semitic, when we are the Semitic people, when we are the same people that you, who they want to be, that’s our birthright,” Cannon said.

“That’s our birthright!” agreed rap artist Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin.

“So if that’s truly our birthright, there is no hate involved. How did this message get so misconstrued?” Cannon asks.

Jewish groups respond

Numerous Jewish groups condemned Cannon for the conspiracy-laden rant and called for the Fox network to take action over the comments.

“Truly disturbing that @NickCannon would use his platform to perpetuate false antisemitic conspiracy theories and lift up the vehemently antisemitic Louis Farrakhan. He should apologize immediately and educate himself on why his comments are so harmful,”
responded Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

The American Jewish Committee
called the comments “abhorrent and unacceptable” in a tweet.

“His message of hate has no place in our society and should be condemned by all people of good conscience,” the committee added.

Dov Hikind of Americans Against Antisemitism called on Fox to condemn and apologize for Cannon’s comments.

Cannon denied that he had used hate speech in a lengthy statement on Twitter.

“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,” he said in part.

“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,” he added.