FOX TO KEEP A ‘REMORSEFUL’ NICK CANNON AS THE HOST OF ‘THE MASKED SINGER’
Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
Despite receiving backlash for anti-semitic comments during his Canon’s Classpodcast and being fired from ViacomCBS as a result, Fox has decided to maintain their relationship with Nick Cannon and keep him as the host of The Masked Singer. The network, who “immediately began a dialogue with Nick” after his inflammatory anti-semitic statements, said Nick is deeply “remorseful” for comments that “lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate,” Entertainment Weeklyreports.
“Nick has sincerely apologized and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind,” the Fox statement read.
Fox’s decision hangs on the heels of Nick’s clap back to ViacomCBS for letting him go. After he was fired from the network, Nick slammed ViacomCBS for being “on the wrong side of history” and demanded full ownership for his Wild n’ Out brand. He later issued an apology to the Jewish community for unintentionally putting them “in such a painful position” and promised to bridge the gap between them and the Black community.
“First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin. They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from,” Nick said. “I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” Cannon continued.
The now-deleted podcast in question featuring former Public Enemy member Richard Griffin was released on podcast platforms on June 23rd and to YouTube on June 30th.
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