Nick Cannon apologized on Wednesday night for comments he described as “hurtful and divisive” after the ViacomCBS television host and producer was dismissed for comments that the company described as anti-Semitic.
The 39-year-old Cannon wrote in a Twitter thread that he was ashamed of comments he made on an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class” with former public enemy Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, in which she spoke about racist Discussed prejudices.
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In the podcast episode that was recorded last year and aired on June 30, Cannon said that blacks are the “true Hebrews”, that Jews have assumed their identities and that those without dark skin “have a deficiency” and are considered ” Wilde “throughout history. It refers to “Jews, whites, Europeans”.
“First of all, I apologize to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin,” he tweeted Wednesday evening.
“They have reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and great people, and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place from which these words come. The video of this interview has since been removed.”
Cannon added that he is studying Jewish history after receiving an “eye-opening” lesson in the past few days. He also thanked the rabbis and other Jewish leaders who tried to “educate” him instead of “chastening” him.
The “drumline” star initially responded to ViacomCBS ‘dismissal in a long Facebook post on Wednesday, saying that the company’s “unwise decision” put the media conglomerate “on the wrong side of the story”. He requested an apology and full ownership of “Wild ‘n Out” for MTV and VH1.
“I am deeply saddened by a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers have misused an important moment for all of us to grow closer together and learn more from each other,” he wrote. “Instead, the moment was stolen and ambushed to give an example of an outspoken black man.”
ViacomCBS, the parent company of MTV and VH1, for which Cannon produced and moderated the comedy improvisation series “Wild ‘n Out”, announced on Tuesday that it would break off relations with him after he said on the podcast.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of all kinds and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. “While we support continuing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply concerned that Nick has not recognized or apologized for maintaining anti-Semitism, and we are ending our relationship with him.”
According to his Facebook post on Wednesday, Cannon took a more conciliatory tone later in the day on his Twitter thread.
“I want to reassure my new and old Jewish friends that this is just the beginning of my education. I am determined to make deeper connections, learn deeper, and strengthen the bond between our two cultures today and every day in the future.” he wrote.
Cannon also hosts the “The Masked Singer” vocal competition on Fox. The broadcast network said in a statement to TODAY that it intends to continue operating Cannon.
“Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and make amends,” the statement said. “On this basis, and given the belief that this moment requires dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation in general.”
ViacomCBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.