Nick Cannon is responding after ViacomCBS cut ties with the TV host after more than two decades following the actor’s anti-Semitic sentiments on his podcast.
The “Masked Singer” host, who created and hosts Viacom-owned VH1’s sketch comedy series “Wild ‘N Out,” shared a lengthy statement to his Facebook account Wednesday saying he was “deeply saddened” that the network refused to use this opportunity to “grow closer together and learn more about one another.” He also demanded ownership of “Wild ‘N Out.”
“Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked (sic) to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation,” Cannon wrote. “I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the black community.”
Cannon outlined his career with ViacomCBS, which began at age 17 when he was “the youngest staff writer in TV history on their various Nickelodeon series,” he wrote. He outlined the philanthropic organizations he spearheaded while working there.
The actor said he created a “billion-dollar brand” in “Wild ‘N Out” for ViacomCBS and his ownership of the series was “swindled away.” Cannon noted he wasn’t surprised by the company’s “empty promises” and said it’s been “robbing our community for years.”
Cannon claimed the company decided to ban advertisements in support of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, two black people killed at the hands of police brutality.
He also addressed ViacomCBS’s statement asserting the actor has failed to apologize for his anti-Semitic comments alleging they lied in their press release.
“I also went as far to reach out to Ms. Shari Redstone, the owner of Viacom, to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community,” Cannon wrote. “Dead Silence! So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place.”
Cannon concluded his statement by demanding an apology from the company “now that the truth is out.”