Nick Cannon apologizes for his comments and stays on ‘Masked Singer’ – Variety


Nick Cannon will continue to host Fox’s top rated “The Masked Singer” virtual reality competition series, the network confirmed on Wednesday. The news that Cannon would stay on “Masked Singer” comes after the host posted an online apology for the anti-Semitic comments he made on a podcast.”When we learned about Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately started a dialogue with Nick,” the network said in a statement. “It is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently encouraged hatred. It was important for us to observe. Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and be forgiven. On this basis and given that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him move this important conversation forward, on the whole. Fox condemns all forms of hatred directed against any community and we will fight fanaticism of all kinds. ”

Cannon released his apology the day after ViacomCBS ended a long-term relationship he had with the star, which included the long comedy series “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out”. ViacomCBS stepped forward following an exchange between Cannon and former Public Enemy member Professor Griff during the June 30 episode of the Cannon’s Class podcast. At one point, Cannon declared that blacks are the “real Hebrews” and spoke of the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family.

“It is never hate speech, you cannot be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” Cannon said on the podcast. “When we are the same people they want to be. It is our birthright. We are the real Hebrews. ”

In his apology, released Wednesday evening, Cannon said he was now “ashamed” of the statements; Cannon is said to have met with Jewish leaders in light of the controversy. “First and foremost, I offer my deepest and most 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. They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place from which these words come. The video of this interview has since been deleted.

“While the Jewish experience spans over 5,000 years and there is still much to learn, I have had at least one history lesson in the past few days and say that it is revealing would be an understatement. I want to express my gratitude to the rabbis, community leaders and institutions who contacted me to help me enlighten me, instead of berating me. I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is just 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. ”

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury has yet to reveal whether its plans have changed for its new daytime talk show “Nick Cannon”, which is slated to debut on Monday, September 21, in more than 90% of local American markets. The prolific Cannon is also a producer and appears in E !, “Celebrity Call Center”, a new reality show that just launched this week. And he continues to host a daily radio program for Meruelo Media’s KPWR-FM (Power 106), which is broadcast nationally.

Cannon is also executive producer of “Masked Singer”, and has accompanied the series since its launch in January 2019. “Masked Singer” has become a quick hit and a cornerstone of Fox’s program – so much so that the series got the slot behind the Super Bowl earlier this year.

“The Masked Singer” has aired 42 episodes over three seasons so far, with Cannon hosting each of them. He also presented “The Masked Singer: After the Mask”, a later show airing on Fox this spring. For his work on “The Masked Singer”, Cannon was nominated for the best host at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, as well as the best host for this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards. He was also part of the production team nominated last year for a producer guild award.

In an article posted on social media on Wednesday, Cannon said he left NBC and “America’s Got Talent” (which he previously hosted) after saying he felt the network had “threatened and abused me since years, “then that he” took my talents and creativity from executives to my open-minded and eager partners in the Fox Television network to create the # 1 hit television show “The Masked Singer” in which I lead and I produce frames. ”

“The Masked Singer” was in pre-production, which includes the casting and preparation work, but he does not seem to have resumed the recording.

Cannon’s career has included comedy, stand-up comedy, skit, music, radio and more – with past credits, including “America’s Got Talent”. He told Variety’s Cynthia Littleton earlier this year that he was not looking for another network variety show to host after finishing an eight-season run on “AGT”.

“I was really meticulous about what I would like to host again in the unscripted variety space since I did it at the highest level with ‘AGT.’ I didn’t want to get started and host another talent show, ”Cannon told him.


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