Nick Cannon apologized on Wednesday night for comments he called “hurtful and divisive” after TV hosts and the producer were dropped by ViacomCBS for remarks the company called anti-Semitic.
Cannon, 39, wrote in a Twitter thread that he was “ashamed” of comments he made on an episode of his “Cannon Class” podcast with former public enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin in which they discussed racial destruction.
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In the podcast, which aired last year and aired June 30, Cannon said that black people are the “true Hebrews”
“First of all, 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,” he tweeted Wednesday night.
“They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I am ashamed of the uninformed and naive place these words came from. The video from this interview has since been removed.”
Cannon added that he was studying Jewish history after receiving an “eye-opening” lesson in recent days. He also thanked the rabbis and other Jewish leaders who reached out to “enlighten” him instead of “chastising” him.
The “Drumline” star initially responded to being fired by ViacomCBS in a long Facebook post earlier on Wednesday in which he said the company’s “unwise decisions” put the media conglomerate “on the wrong side of history.” He demanded an apology and full ownership of “Wild ‘n Out” on MTV and VH1.
“I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the forces that are, abused an important moment for us that everyone grows closer to each other and learn more about each other,” he wrote. “Instead, the moment was set and closed to make an example of a pronounced black man.”
ViacomCBS, the parent company of MTV and VH1, for which Cannon produced and hosted the comedy-improv series “Wild ‘n Out”, announced on Tuesday that it will cut ties with him after his comments in the podcast.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically condemn all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “While supporting ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply concerned that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for defending anti – Semitism, and we end our relationship with him.”
Following his Facebook post on Wednesday, Cannon took a more conciliatory tone in his Twitter thread later in the day.
“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is just the beginning of my education – I am committed to deeper connections, more in-depth learning and strengthen the bonds between our two cultures today and every day in the future,” he wrote.
Cannon also hosts the singing competition series “The Masked Singer” on Fox. The broadcasting network said in a statement to DAG that it intends to keep Cannon on.
“Nick has sincerely apologized and promptly taken steps to educate himself and make changes,” the statement said. “Based on this and given that this moment requires dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him promote this important conversation, by and large.”
ViacomCBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.