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Nick Cannon Dropped By Viacom/CBS Over ‘Hateful Speech’ on Podcast

Could His Hosting Gigs on Fox's 'The Masked Singer' and Upcoming Daytime Talker 'The Nick Cannon Show' Also Be in Danger

Nick Cannon has been fired by Viacom/CBS, which produced his VH1 improv series “Wild ‘N Out,” saying “failed to acknowledge or apologize” for spreading “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” 

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” said the company in a statement. “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.”

Cannon came under fire for comments made during a 90-minute interview he conducted with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, who was fired from the group for making anti-Semitic remarks in a 1989 interview with the Washington Post. ViacomCBS’ action came as basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar condemned several sports and entertainment celebrities for anti-Semitic tweets and posts and what he called a “shocking lack of indignation.”

Cannon also hosts “The Masked Singer” on Fox and is scheduled to host a syndicated daytime talk show this fall from distributor Debmar-Mercury. There is no word if either company will also be talking action. In 2017, he exited his eight-year post as host of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC after a joke he made on a Showtime stand-up comedy special was deemed inappropriate by the network.

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