After ViacomCBS fired Nick Cannon because of his ‘anti-Semitic’ statements, he is now demanding full ownership of his show ‘Wild ‘n Out’.
ViacomCBS had announced the termination of the 39-year old TV show host on Tuesday. The media conglomerate announced on July 14 that it was terminating its relationship with Cannon and “condemns bigotry of any kind”.
Following this, Cannon had posted an apology on Facebook for his “Jewish brothers and sisters for putting them in such a painful position”.
He also demanded an apology from the ViacomCBS and full ownership of his show ‘Wild ‘n Out’.
The complete controversy had started after the statements he made on his podcast Cannon’s Class.
The controversial podcast
In an episode of Cannon’s Class, Nick Cannon was in a 90-minutes interview with Richard Griffin, a former Public Enemy member.
A Jewish blogger had then flagged the episode which company says “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories”.
In the podcast, Cannon had commented that black people were the true Hebrews and Jews had usurped their identity.
He had further said that people without dark skin “have a deficiency” and they have acted as “savages” through history.
ViacomCBS fires Nick Cannon
The company said that it spoke to Cannon about the episode that “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories”.
The company said that it was upset that Nick failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism.
“We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds,” it further said.
Nick Cannon’s response and demand
On Wednesday morning, Nick Cannon took to Facebook to defend himself in a post “Truth and Reconciliation”.
Cannon wrote that he was upset that ViacomCBS used the moment which could have led to reconciliation “to make an example of an outspoken black man”.
“As for Viacom, who is now on the wrong side of history, I will continue to pray for you. I don’t blame any individual, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure,” he wrote.
“My time at Viacom also birthed one of my other greatest creative accomplishments; their longest-running comedy series and the most successful Hip Hop programming in Television History Wild ‘N Out. An idea in which I self-financed out my own pocket and presented to MTV. I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise,” Cannon said.