ViacomCBS Drops Nick Cannon After Anti-Semitic Tirade

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July 15, 2020

ViacomCBS dropped Nick Cannon from its MTV network following an anti-Semitic tirade in which the host, among other things, accused Jewish people of controlling the global banking system.

"ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," the media conglomerate, which owns MTV, VH-1, and Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out television show, said in a statement Wednesday. "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."

Cannon sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier in the week after he praised anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan and spread conspiracy theories about Jewish people during an episode of his YouTube show. Cannon issued a non-apology in which he said he does not condone hate speech.

Fox Television and the producers of Cannon's upcoming daytime talk show have remained silent about his comments. Cannon hosts Fox’s The Masked Singer television show and is currently working on a daytime television show with Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury group.