It looks like Nick Cannon won’t be Wild ‘N Out on MTV anymore.
ViacomCBS, MTV’s parent company, fired the host after he spread “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” on his podcast.
On the June 30th episode of his podcast, “Cannon’s Class,” the host and actor sat down with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin.
Public Enemy ousted Professor Griff from the group for making anti-Semitic remarks in a 1989 Washington Post interview. Specifically, he said Jews were responsible “for the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.”
Professor Griff claimed to Cannon that he was talking about Jews controlling the media, saying, “I’m hated now because I told the truth.”
To which Cannon replied, “You’re speaking facts.”
In the video, the two discussed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family. Cannon claimed his remarks weren’t “hate speech,” because Black people are the “true Hebrews.”
“It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” Cannon said. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
His conspiracy theories didn’t sit too well with his employer, and ViacomCBS decided to sever their decades-long working relationship.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” said a statement from a ViacomCBS spokesperson. “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Cannon later issued a statement on social media, saying, “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.
“Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!” he continued.
Cannon faced criticism for his statements, which some people called a non-apology. He addressed the controversy in an interview with Fast Company, explaining that “in a time like 2020 we got to have these conversations.”
However, the comedian still didn’t apologize for the video, telling the magazine that “apologies are empty.”
“Are you forcing me to say the words ‘I’m sorry’? Are you making me bow down, ’cause then again, that would be perpetuating that same rhetoric that we’re trying to get away from,” he said.
Over the years, Cannon has starred in a variety of shows on the company’s networks, including Nickelodeon and MTV. He also became the chairman of TeenNick in 2009.
The star also presents Fox’s The Masked Singer. No word yet on his fate with Fox Corporation.