Actor, TV Host, and Musician Nick Cannon has been released by ViacomCBS following anti-semitic comments he made on his podcast “Cannon’s Class”.
In the episode, Cannon reportedly agreed with guest Professor Griff of the rap group Public Enemy that Jews were “wicked”.
He also said that “Semitic people are black people” and inferred you can’t be anti-Semitic if you are black.
According to National Review, the transgressions didn’t end there:
Cannon also referenced anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America.”
He later goes on to say that people who lack melanin are “a little less,” adding that those without dark skin have a “deficiency” that historically forced them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence to survive.
“They had to be savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” among others.
“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!”
Following his firing, Cannon put out a lengthy statement on his Facebook page demanding ViacomCBS give him “full ownership of my billion dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand that I created” in addition to an apology from the company.
Cannon’s most notable TV jobs include hosting Wild N’ Out on MTV which ran for 8 seasons, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC, and America’s Got Talent.
He currently host’s Nick Cannon Radio on Power 106 in Los Angeles.