Actor, comedian, and ‘Wild ‘N Out host Nick Cannon has reacted to getting fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic comments on his Youtube show Cannon’s class.
On Tuesday night, ViacomCBS fired Cannon from ‘Wild ‘N Out’ after he refused to apologize for making anti-semitic remarks about Jewish people controlling the banks and claiming white people were “closer to animals,” “the true savages,” because they were deficient of melanin.
Nick Cannon says white people are "a little less," "closer to animals," "the true savages," "acting out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil." When does he get canceled? pic.twitter.com/vK3TBDW9i8
— Adam Ford (@Adam4d) July 14, 2020
ViacomCBS said that it reached out to Nick Cannon and was "deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism."
They have effectively fired him from his longrunning VH1 show "Wild 'N Out." https://t.co/WqO8C3gfGG
— Amy Spiro (@AmySpiro) July 15, 2020
In a long-winded Facebook message titled ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Cannon says he’s disappointed that Viacom decided to make an example out of him instead of giving him the opportunity to bring the Black and Jewish communities closer together through dialogue.
An angry Cannon is now demanding ownership of his MTV/VH1 series Wild ‘N Out that he claims the company “swindled” away from him.
“I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise. Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me. 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.”
Cannon goes on to say that he has received an “outpouring of love and support from the Jewish community” and wants to apologize to them if he made any remarks that pained or hurt their community.
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 advertisement 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. 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.
In a pleasant turn of events and the best blessing in all of this hurtful attack is the outpouring of love and support from the Jewish community. It has been amazing. I have spoken with many Rabbis, clergy, Professors and coworkers who offer their sincere help. 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. I have dedicated my daily efforts to continuing conversations to bring the Jewish Community and the African American community closer together, embracing our differences and sharing our commonalities
In the end, Cannon demands an apology from Viacom and says he wants the company to give him “full ownership of the billion dollar “Wild ‘N Out”” that he created.
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.
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!