On Tuesday, ViacomCBS – network producer of America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, cut ties with Cannon following a recent podcast filled with “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, according to CBS News. The company’s move was in response to remarks made by Cannon on a podcast in which he and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, the former Public Enemy member, discussed racial bias. The podcast reportedly was filmed last year and aired two weeks ago.
Nick Cannon comes out as black supremacist. Says white people genetically inferior, incapable of compassion. pic.twitter.com/NUQkb887Qq
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 14, 2020
“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,” ViacomCBS said.
“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,” the company said, adding that, “We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”
As heated debate over his podcast began to rise Monday, Cannon replied in a Facebook post.
“I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. … The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles,” he wrote.
In Cannon’s hour-plus podcast, he and Griffith made remarks that Black people are the true Hebrews and that Jews have usurped their identity, as previously reported by 100% FED Up. Cannon then segues into a discussion of skin color – “And I’m going to say this carefully,” he begins – to allege that people who lack sufficient melanin are “a little less.”
“They had to be savages,” Cannon said, adding that he was referring to “Jewish people, white people, Europeans,” among others.