Nick Cannon’s career has taken another dent after his debut talk show got pulled from TV schedules in the wake of his antisemitism and race storm. The 39-year-old sparked outrage in the past week when he released a podcast episode that featured antisemitic conspiracy theories and also provoked anger over views of white people. Nick was ditched by ViacomCBS who aired his TV show, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, on MTV – meaning the star was ultimately fired from his own show – in light of his comments about the Jewish community. Now Lionsgate and producers and Debmar-Mercury have taken the decision to postpone airing Nick’s television talk show that was due to begin in September. A spokesperson for Debmar-Mercury told PageSix: “The ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show will not debut this year.
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“After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere. “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views.” The company went on to suggest the show will begin airing next year instead. They said: “We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show. “Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech. It runs counter to everything we stand for.” On Tuesday, Nick was fired from his MTV job when VicaomCBS cut ties with him following his comments about Jewish people – and his initial refusal to apologise.
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A spokesperson for Viacom told TMZ: “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.”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. “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’s comments included: “You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people.” He went on to say: “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.” The star later apologised via Twitter, writing: “I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin.”