Nick Cannon apologized Wednesday evening for comments he called “hurtful and divisive” after the television host and producer was abandoned by ViacomCBS for statements the company called anti-Semitic.
Cannon, 39, wrote in a Twitter thread that he was “ashamed” of comments he made on an episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast with former Public Enemy Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin in which they had discussed racial prejudice.
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In the podcast episode, which was recorded last year and aired on June 30, Cannon said that blacks are “real Hebrews”, that Jews have taken their identities and that those without dark skin “have a deficiency “and have acted as” savages “throughout history. It refers to “Jews, Whites, Europeans”.
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“First and foremost, I offer my deepest and 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”, a- he tweeted Wednesday evening.
“They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and beautiful people and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place where these words came from. The video of this interview has since been deleted. “
Cannon added that he was learning about Jewish history after receiving a “revealing” lesson in recent days. He also thanked the rabbis and other Jewish leaders who reached out to “enlighten” him instead of “reprimanding” him.
The “Drumline” star first reacted to the dismissal of ViacomCBS in a long Facebook post earlier Wednesday in which he said that the “careless decision by society” had put the media conglomerate “on the wrong side of the history “. He demanded an apology and full ownership of “Wild ‘n Out” on MTV and VH1.
“I am deeply saddened by a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be have taken advantage of an important moment for us to get closer and learn from each other,” he wrote. “Instead, the moment was stolen and diverted to make an example of a frank black man. “
ViacomCBS, the parent company of MTV and VH1, for which Cannon produced and hosted the improvisational comedy series “Wild ‘n Out”, announced Tuesday that he was cutting ties with him following his remarks in the podcast.
“ViacomCBS condemns fanaticism of all kinds and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said on Tuesday in a statement. “Although we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against fanaticism, we are deeply troubled that Nick did not recognize or apologize for the perpetuation of anti-Semitism, and we end our relationships with him. “
After posting on Facebook on Wednesday, Cannon took a more conciliatory tone in his Twitter thread later today.
“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education – I am determined to deepen the connections, deepen my knowledge and strengthen the bond between our two cultures today and each day in the future ”. he wrote.
Cannon is also the host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” song contest series. The broadcast network has declared in a statement to TODAY that it intends to keep Cannon.
“Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and be forgiven,” the statement said. “Based on this and given that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him move this important conversation forward, overall. “
ViacomCBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.