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ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon, cites 'anti-Semitic' comments

ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon, cites 'anti-Semitic' comments
Posted at 12:41 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 12:41:31-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ViacomCBS says it's cutting ties with Nick Cannon because of what the media giant called his 'hateful speech" and anti-Semitic theories.

The company's move came in response to remarks made by Cannon on a podcast in which he discussed racial bias with a former Public Enemy member, Richard Griffin.

According to NBC News, Cannon said on the podcast episode, which was shot last year but aired on June 30, that Black people were the "true Hebrews" and talked about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family.

Cannon produced "Wild 'n Out," a comedy improv series for VH1, the ViacomCBS-owned cable channel.

He accused the company in a lengthy Facebook post of trying to silence an "outspoken black man" and said he wants full ownership of the "Wild 'n Out" brand.

"If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize," Cannon wrote. "But now I am the one making demands. 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 is also the host of Fox's "The Masked Singer."