Nick Cannon has been fired from his long-running comedy improv show ‘Wild ‘N Out’ on MTV and now he’s firing back.
It comes after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast and YouTube show, ‘Cannon’s Class’.
Wild ‘N Out’s parent company ViacomCBS, released a statement saying, “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 responded to the firing via a post on Facebook, saying “I must apologize to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters for putting them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know this whole situation has hurt many people and together we will make it right.”
Cannon adds that he tried to reach out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone to apologize — a claim, which a ViacomCBS spokesperson called “absolutely untrue.”
Cannon also demanded full ownership of the Wild ‘N Out brand he helped create. “Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me,” he writes. “For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ‘N Out.”
In the podcast episode in question, Cannon engages in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, asking why “we give so much power to the ‘theys,’ and ‘theys’ turn into illuminati, the Zionists, the Rothschilds,” — referring to the wealthy Jewish family often used as a dog whistle for anti-Semitism.
Canon also hosts The Masked Singer on FOX.