ViacomCBS ends his decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon after the actor and television presenter spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast.
“While we support ongoing 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,” said the media conglomerate in one Explanation. “We are determined to respond better to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry. ViacomCBS will continue to announce our efforts to combat all types of hate. “
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In a episode of his June 30 podcast “Cannon’s Class,” Cannon interviewed Professor Griff, a rapper who was part of the Public Enemy group until his release in 1989 because he said that “Jews are responsible for the majority of malice in the world.” are world. “
In the interview, Cannon Griff praised Louis Farrakhan, leader of the anti-Semitic nation of Islam, and promoted conspiracy theories about the Rothschild banking family, claiming that people of African descent were the “real” Jews. “You cannot be anti-Semitic if we are the Semitic people,” he said.
After criticizing a video of the interview, Cannon posted defensive tweets and claimed that he had “no hatred in my heart and no malicious intentions”, but did not apologize for insulting the Jewish people.
As outlined in a 2017 Forbes article, Cannon has had a business relationship with Viacom since he was a child at Nickelodeon in the late 1990s. “Wild ‘n Out”, a sketch comedy and improvisation show created and moderated by Cannon, has been broadcast on the Viacom channels MTV and VH1 since 2005. The last season was aired earlier this year.
Cannon is also the host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer”. Fox has not yet commented on Cannon’s recent comments.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Professor Griff was once a member of the NWA. In fact, he was once a member of Public Enemy.
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