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Former “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon clapped back at ViacomCBS after being fired, demanding an apology and “full ownership” of his MTV show “Wild ‘N Out.”
While Fox has decided to keep Cannon on as host of the competition series “The Masked Singer,” ViacomCBS severed ties with the star after “anti-Semitic” comments he made on a podcast. Though Cannon issued his “deepest and most sincere apologies” on social media, on Wednesday he slammed the media giant and called for an end to “the hate and back door bullying.”
“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,” Cannon wrote in on Facebook Wednesday.
“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,” the 39-year old added.
Truth and Reconciliation.
I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused…
He claimed he got the silent treatment after reaching out to powerful media executive and chairwoman of ViacomCBS.
“I also went as far as 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,” Cannon wrote. “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.”
In his initial apologetic responses on social media, Cannon admitted he had “used words and referenced literature I assumed to be factual to uplift my community,” noting that “instead turned out to be hateful propaganda and stereotypical rhetoric that pained another community.”
In a June 30 episode of his podcast, “Cannon’s Class,” the actor and television host had gone on an anti-semitic rant, saying “white people” and Jews are “the true savages.” In his apology, he had called for “a new chapter of healing.”
In his lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, Cannon recounted his many accomplishments as he was “a member of the Viacom ‘Family’ for over Twenty years,” adding that “I don’t have to defend myself here, the proof is in the history.”
He even called out NBC as an example of “oppressive corporations” he had to deal with in his career.
“NBC threatened and mistreated me for years, but I was the bigger person and abandoned an 8-figure salary on their number one hit show ‘Americas Got Talent’ and currently stand by my friend and Queen Gabrielle Union in her fight against oppression,” he wrote.
“As we all know Hollywood and the media is a dirty business. 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,” he added. “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.”
In a statement, Fox noted that it “immediately began a dialogue with Nick” when news broke of the comments on the podcast. The network expressed its belief that Cannon was “remorseful” and felt he was willing to learn from the experience.
“He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,” Fox announced.
On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. FOX condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.
— FOX (@FOXTV) July 16, 2020
Cannon expressed his disappointment with ViacomCBS after he “prayed that Viacom would use their powers for good,” while noting the “outpouring of love and support from the Jewish community” he has experienced in the wake of his firing. But Cannon concluded his post with his own demands, condemning ViacomCBS for being “on the wrong side of history.”
“Now I am the one making demands,” Cannon wrote. “I demand full ownership of my billion-dollar ‘Wild ‘N Out’ brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! 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!”
Cannon’s post sparked divided reactions on Twitter but many felt his demands would fall on deaf ears.
dude should have thought about that before he said people didnt have empathy and where savage animals
— mooshroomdragon (@mooshroomdrago) July 15, 2020
— NezLikePez🇺🇸🇵🇷🏳️🌈 (@LikePez) July 15, 2020
Nick knew what he was doing. He deserves this.
— Marcus S. (@goodwillfiction) July 15, 2020
Love how he’s the victim & blaming big bad Viacom for oppression. Own it or don’t – you phony!
— Sarah P. (@PetrassiSarah) July 16, 2020
Lol…screaming I’m The Victim!
— Cindy Bolt (@CindyBolt11) July 16, 2020
*Gets himself fired for racist comments*
*Blames racism for getting fired*
— MrZark (@MisterZark) July 16, 2020
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