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ViacomCBS terminates contract with Nick Cannon after anti-Semitic comments

On an episode of ‘Cannon’s Class,’ Nick Cannon is said to have made anti-Semitic comments and ViacomCBS has zero tolerance for such comments.

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In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon’s “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon’s “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

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ViacomCBS terminated its long-standing relationship with Nick Cannon due to anti-Semitic comments he reportedly made in a recent episode of his podcast.

According to CNN, ViacomCBS announced Tuesday that it would be ending ties with Cannon.

ViacomCBS is the parent company to MTV and the Nickelodeon spinoff network TeenNick. Cannon has prominently been showcased across these different networks, according to The New York Times.

Most recently, he was a host and executive producer for the MTV show “Wild ‘N Out.”

Cannon hosts his own podcast on YouTube titled, “Cannon’s Class.” In a recent episode, Cannon had made anti-Semitic remarks.

Cannon and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffith debated over the idea that “Black people are the true Hebrews and that Jews have usurped their identity,” according to Associated Press.

Cannon said people without dark skin have a “deficiency” that forced them to be violent throughout history due to fear. He also said people without dark skin commit acts of violence to survive.

“They had to be savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” among others.

Discussions concerning anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and praising a minister who is known for his anti-Jewish comments took place, according to The New York Times.

Variety reported that in the podcast Cannon said, “It’s never hate speech, 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.”

A spokesperson for ViacomCBS made a statement, saying: “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. 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 has since responded to the remarks in a Tweet Monday stating “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions.”

On Facebook Wednesday, Cannon had posted a lengthy post titled “Truth and Reconciliation” where he addressed the current situation and explained his side of the story further and mentioned his relationship with ViacomCBS, according to CNN.

Cannon is now seeking full ownership from ViacomCBS over the “Wild ‘N Out” brand that he claimed to help create. He also claimed to have apologized to ViacomCBS Chair Shari Redstone but a spokesperson said that was “absolutely untrue” according to NPR.