Nick Cannon and ViacomCBS reunited after longtime host of Wild ‘n out was fired last summer for what the company called “hate speech and… anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” This means the improv competition, which had been renewed at VH1 for three more seasons before Cannon’s controversial comments, will soon return to production, according to people familiar with the situation at Deadline.
ViacomCBS says Cannon apologized, took responsibility for his comments, teamed up with Jewish leaders to educate themselves, and became an advocate for hate.
“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education – I am committed to making deeper connections, deeper learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today. today and every day in the future, ”Cannon said in a statement Thursday.
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On a July 2020 episode of his podcast Gun class, Cannon discussed race and racism with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin. Referring to the ideas of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Cannon said that people who have “the lack of pigment” are “a little less” than those who have it and have “a lack of compassion.”
He continued, “They act out of fear. They act out of low self-esteem. They act because of a deficiency. So the only way to act is wrong. They must steal, steal, rape and [unintelligible] in order to survive. “
The comments sparked anger online and led ViacomCBS to go their separate ways. Cannon had also prepped for his eponymous subscribed daytime talk show from Debmar-Mercury, which was due to launch in fall 2020 in 90% of the country before controversy also delayed that project. Cannon will now launch this fall.
Cannon created, produced, and hosted the original Wild ‘n out on MTV from 2005 to 2007. It came back in the air in 2013 with the new version, Nick Cannon presents: Wild ‘N Out, in which Cannon and famous guests lead a team of improv comedians as they compete against each other.
Cannon also hosts Fox’s The masked singer, which goes into production in Season 5 this week without Cannon for now as he recovers from Covid-19.