In the early morning hours of Wednesday (July 15,) former The Masked Singer host Nick Cannon went on his Facebook page and basically went off on his former employer CBS after being let go for anti-semitic remarks.
“As for Viacom, who is now on the wrong side of history, I will continue to pray for you. I don’t blame any individual, I blame the oppressive and racist infrastructure,” Cannon wrote one day after ViacomCBS fired him for airing what they considered anti-Semitic remarks on his podcast Cannon’s Class back on June 30. “Systemic racism is what this world was built on and was the subject in which I was attempting to highlight in the recent clips that have been circulating from my podcast. If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize.
“But now I am the one making demands. 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 concluded. “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!”
Wild ‘N Out is the VH1 sketch comedy series created and hosted by Cannon. Viacom owns VH1.
[RELATED: ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 3 Finale Unveils The Winner Between Night Angel, Frog and Turtle]
In a separate Facebook post Nick explained his actions:
“Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions,” he wrote.”I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.
“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. When you look at The Media, and other sectors in our nation’s history, African Americans and The people of the Jewish community have partnered to create some of the best, most revolutionary work we know today.
I am an advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly and candidly. In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all – including myself – must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations – it’s the only way we ALL get better. I encourage more healthy dialogue and welcome any experts, clergy, or spokespersons to any of my platforms to hold me accountable and correct me in any statement that I’ve made that has been projected as negative. Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!”
While Cannon said that he does not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric, he did say in the podcast that black people were ‘the true Hebrews,” according to Vanity Fair.
“You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” he said during the much-talked about podcast. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright.”
And while Cannon says he tried to reach out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone to try to explain himself, he never heard back from her.
“That’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place,” Cannon wrote in the Facebook post. “They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with.”
We have a feeling this story is far from over.