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Nick Cannon let go by ViacomCBS over anti-Semitic feedback

The actor and TV host was joined by controversial hip hop determine Professor Griff on a current episode of the "Cannon's Class" podcast, the place discuss turned to Black individuals because the "true Hebrews" and included anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

ViacomCBS introduced Tuesday that it was severing its ties with Cannon.

On Wednesday a spokesman for the company launched a press release to CNN saying the corporate "condemns bigotry of any form and we categorically denounce all types of anti-Semitism."

"We now have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast 'Cannon's Class' on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and unfold anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," the assertion learn.

"Whereas we assist ongoing training and dialogue within the battle towards bigotry, we’re deeply troubled that Nick has didn’t acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we’re terminating our relationship with him."

"We’re dedicated to doing higher in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS could have additional bulletins on our efforts to fight hate of all types," the assertion concluded.

In 1989 Griff was briefly kicked out of the rap group Public Enemy after he made anti-Semitic feedback, however later rejoined the group as its "http://rss.cnn.com/"supreme allied chief of group relations" in accordance with a New York Instances article from that yr.

Throughout his look on Cannon's podcast, Griff doubled down on his previous feedback and mentioned he was "hated now as a result of I informed the reality."

Cannon mentioned that Griff was "talking details" and amplified Griff's views that Jewish individuals managed the media, likening it to the ability of the Rothschild household, banking scions who’ve lengthy been targets of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

"The Masked Singer" host additionally disputed that such views have been anti-Semitic as a result of, Cannon mentioned, Black individuals are the "true Hebrews."

"It's by no means hate speech. You possibly can't be anti-Semitic once we are the Semitic individuals," he mentioned. "Once we are the identical individuals who they need to be. That's our birthright. We’re the true Hebrews."

On Monday Cannon posted a sequence of tweets concerning the controversy, writing "Anybody who is aware of me is aware of that I’ve no hate in my coronary heart nor malice intentions."

"I don’t condone hate speech nor the unfold of hateful rhetoric," he wrote. "We live in a time when it’s extra essential than ever to advertise unity and understanding."

He added that he’s "an advocate for individuals's voices to be heard brazenly, pretty and candidly."

"In as we speak's dialog about anti-racism and social justice, I feel all of us together with myself should proceed educating each other & embrace uncomfortable conversations it's the one means we ALL get higher," he wrote. "I encourage extra wholesome dialogue and welcome any specialists, clergy, or spokespersons to any of my platforms to carry me accountable and proper me in any assertion that I've made that has been projected as unfavourable."

ViacomCBS has had knowledgeable relationship with Cannon for a number of years.

It’s the mum or dad firm of a number of networks together with Nickelodeon, on which Cannon appeared as an actor beginning within the 1990s and the place he later served as an govt.

ViacomCBS additionally owns MTV, the place Cannon's comedy sketch sequence "Wild 'N Out" has been widespread since its debut in 2005 and lately expanded to its sister community, VH1.

On Wednesday Cannon shared a prolonged publish titled "Fact and Reconciliation" on his official Fb web page through which he demanded full possession of his "Wild 'N Out" model and mentioned ViacomCBS was "now on the incorrect facet of historical past."

"I don't blame any particular person, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure," Cannon wrote.

"Systemic racism is what this world was constructed on and was the topic through which I used to be making an attempt to spotlight within the current clips which have been circulating from my podcast. If I’ve furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize."

He additionally particularly apologized to the Jewish group.

"I need to apologize to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters for placing them in such a painful place, which was by no means my intention, however I do know this complete state of affairs has damage many individuals and collectively we are going to make it proper," he wrote. "I’ve devoted my day by day efforts to persevering with conversations to convey the Jewish Neighborhood and the African American group nearer collectively, embracing our variations and sharing our commonalities."

CNN has reached out to reps for Cannon and ViacomCBS for extra remark.

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