Former America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon has hit out at the owner of MTV after he was fired from his TV job for vile anti-Semitic remarks. Yesterday, the rapper and presenter, 33, was fired by the network owners ViacomCBS for comments that included calling white people “savages” and that black people that “are the true Hebrews”. He had been speaking to Professor Griff on his podcast Cannon’s Class for its June 30 episode. Professor Griff claimed to Nick that he left rap group Public Enemy because of comments he made about Jews in 1989. He told Nick that he was talking about Jews controlling the media, adding: “I’m hated now because I told the truth.”
Nick responded: “You’re speaking facts.” Following a statement on Monday addressing his remarks, the contents did not appear to satisfy Nick’s employer, ViacomCBS, who he has worked for for over 20 years. The successful Wild ‘N Out brand on the network had been created by Nick, but this will now be brought to an end. ViacomCBS said in a statement: “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.”
Nick himself took to Facebook on Monday to address the backlash regarding his remarks. In the statement, Nick had written: “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.” However, the decision by ViacomCBS to end his employment yesterday has prompted a new and lengthy statement on Facebook today from Nick.
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Nick begins: “Truth and Reconciliation. 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.”
Nick then went on to reflect on his history with Viacom and the extensive work they have done together, before slamming their behaviour. After listing their projects across their lengthy relationship together, Nick continued to discuss Viacom’s behaviour: “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. ” Nick also used the statement to slam NBC for their treatment of actress Gabrielle Union, as she sues the network for what she claims was racist bullying that she had experienced on America’s Got Talent. Later in the statement, Nick quoted civil rights figures Martin Luther King and Malcolm X as he discussed the position he now found himself in, calling Viacom liars and slamming the media. Cannon added: “Right now is the time for strong voices and compassionate thinkers to step up and create a dialogue of healing. Dr. King said, ‘We must learn to grow together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools’.”
He went on to write: “Still, I honestly can’t believe that Viacom has such poor council that would allow them to make such a divisive decision in the midst of protests and civil uprising within our current pandemic. Truly an unwise decision. “For them to take it one step further and flat out lie in their official press release, saying that I didn’t attempt to reconcile the situation when on two separate occasions I specifically acknowledged and openly requested a forum to be corrected.
“Malcolm X said it best, ‘The media is the most powerful entity on earth, it will have you hating the people being oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing; making the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent.'” Nick wrote: “Viacom’s goal to keep me from providing for my family and lineage will be foiled. They can try to kick me while I’m down or force me to kiss the master’s feet in public for shame and ridicule, but instead, I stand firm on my square with my fist in the air repeating my mantra, ‘You can’t fire a Boss!’.”
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Cannon then praised the reaction he had gotten from the Jewish community regarding the situation and apologised for the difficulties it had caused. He wrote: “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.”
He then went on to blame “systemic racism” within Viacom for how he has been treated but also apologised if he himself had “furthered the hate speech”. Cannon ended by demanding an apology from Viacom and demanded ownership of the “billion-dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand”. The statement concluded: “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!” Mirror Online has reached out to representatives of Nick Cannon and ViacomCBS for comment.