Nick Cannon has been fired by ViacomCBS for spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories on his podcast and accusing white people of being ‘evil’ and ‘true savages’.
The 39-year-old made the remarks during a June 30th episode ‘Cannon’s Class’ in which he interviews Professor Griff, a rapper who was once part of Public Enemy before leaving the group 30 years ago for saying Jewish people ‘were responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world’.
During the discussion, Cannon – who hosts the MTV series ‘Wild N’ Out’ and ‘The Masked Singer’ on Fox said ‘Black people’ are the ‘true Hebrews’ and also delved deep into anti-Semitic tropes – ranting about history ‘going as deep as the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America.’
Cannon said that white people of the past were ‘savages’ and ‘barbaric.
‘They’re the ones that are actually closer to animals, they’re the ones that are actually the true savages.’
He later said on the podcast, ‘You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people. When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.’
During the hour-plus podcast, the two discuss the controversial racial ideology of the Black Hebrew Israelites – that black people are the true Hebrews and that Jewish people have stolen their identity.
Opening up the conversation, Cannon then moves onto a wider discussion about white people. ‘And I’m going to say this carefully……’ – then claims that people who do not have melanin are a ‘little less’.
He says that those without dark skin possess a ‘deficiency’ that has caused them to become fearful and become violent to survive.
‘They had to be savages’, said Cannon. Making sure that Griff knew he was referring to Jewish people, white people and Europeans.’
ViacomCBS cut ties with Nick Cannon after the actor was accused of spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories
In the wake of his podcast the media giant announced on Tuesday it was dropping the 39-year-old for ‘promoting hateful speech’ in an episode of his YouTube talk show ‘Cannon’s Class’ that aired two weeks ago.
‘ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,’ the company said in a statement.
‘We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
‘While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.’
Cannon made the controversial remarks while discussing racial bias with former Public Enemy member Richard ‘Professor Griff’ Griffin.
Hate speech: In the June 30 episode, Cannon said Black people are the ‘true Hebrews’ and spoke about the Rothschild family
The former America’s Got Talent host has had a relationship with Viacom since his Nickelodeon days in the 90s.
The actor responded to his firing in a lengthy statement on Facebook in which he said he did not condone hate speech, but refused to issue an apology.
‘Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric.’
He added: ‘The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles.’
Explanation: As he encouraged more ‘healthy dialogue’ from experts, clergy, or spokespersons, he reiterated his intentions are to show ‘that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences’
Additionally, Cannon called himself an ‘advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly and candidly.’
‘In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all – including myself – must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations – it’s the only way we ALL get better,’ the father-of-three continued.
As he encouraged more ‘healthy dialogue’ from experts, clergy, or spokespersons, he reiterated his intentions are to show ‘that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences.’
Cannon also clarified why his remarks and statement don’t contain the words ‘sorry’ and ‘apologize’ to Fast Company.
‘To me apologies are empty. Are you forcing me to say the words ‘I’m sorry’? Are you making me bow down, ’cause then again, that would be perpetuating that same rhetoric that we’re trying to get away from,’ Cannon said.
He furthered: ‘What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I don’t tell my children to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And then that’s how we grow.’