Nick Cannon apologises for anti-Semitic comments after backlash

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  • Nick Cannon says he feels "ashamed" for the comments he made about the Jewish community.
  • The comments were made during his recent podcast with Richard Griffin, which has since resulted in him being fired from ViacomCBS.
  • He addressed ViacomCBS' decision in a lengthy post on Facebook, calling the company out and demanding rights to Wild ‘N Out.


Nick Cannon is apologising to the Jewish community after the remarks made on his Cannon's Class podcast.

According to Billboard The Masked Singer host – who will remain on the show, Fox said in a statement – shared a podcast in which he chats to Richard Griffin (Professor Griff) who himself was pushed out of the group Public Enemy in the 80s for making homophobic and anti-Semitic statements.

In the interview, the 39-year-old made several controversial comments that caused an uproar. 

Now, in a statement on social media, Cannon is apologising to his "Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of [his] mouth". 

"I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from," Cannon said on Twitter.

He added: "While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5 000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to say that it is eye-opening would be a vast understatement. I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me.

"I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education – I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward."

Cannon also addressed his firing from ViacomCBS in a lengthy post on Facebook, reports Vanity Fair, in which he demanded the rights to the comedy show Wild ‘N Out.

"I demand full ownership of my billion-dollar Wild ‘N Out brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership!" he said, adding that he has contacted ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone, but didn't hear back. ViacomCBS has since said those claims are "absolutely untrue".

Cannon continued in his post: "I demand that the hate and back door bullying cease and while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the apology!"

SEE HIS FULL STATEMENT HERE.   

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