Nick Cannon dropped by US network ViacomCBS following anti-Semitic comments in podcast

ViacomCBS said an episode of Nick Cannon's podcast 'promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories'

FP Staff July 15, 2020 12:33:03 IST
Nick Cannon dropped by US network ViacomCBS following anti-Semitic comments in podcast

Nick Cannon’s “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led US network ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer, the media giant said.

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, ViacomCBS said.

The company’s move was in response to remarks made by Cannon on a podcast in which he and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, the former Public Enemy member, discussed racial bias. The podcast reportedly was filmed last year and aired two weeks ago.

Nick Cannon dropped by US network ViacomCBS following antiSemitic comments in podcast

Nick Cannon. Image from Instagram

“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,” ViacomCBS said.

“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 company said.

Cannon produced Wild ’n Out, a comedy improv series for VH1, a ViacomCBS-owned cable channel. He’s been a regular part of TV shows unconnected to the company, including as the former host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and host of Fox’s The Masked Singer.

There was no immediate response to requests for comment made to a representative for Cannon and to him through his website. Fox also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

As controversy over his podcast began to bubble up Monday, Cannon replied on Twitter and Facebook. In the lengthy post, Cannon said he welcomed being held accountable for his statement and that held himself accountable “for this moment and take full responsibility.”

Here is Cannon's statement

(With inputs from The Associated Press)

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