Was Nick Cannon fired from America’s Got Talent? – The Sun

NICK Cannon left America's Got Talent early in 2017 after a much-publicized fallout with NBC.

Here is more on the 39-year-old actor, rapper, and producer who was recently fired by another company, ViacomCBS.


When did Nick Cannon host America’s Got Talent?

Cannon served as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent from 2009 to 2016, but did not return for 2017.

He starred alongside Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel, who were judges on AGT at the time.

Was he fired from AGT?

Cannon was not fired, but he says he left the show because he was "threatened with termination."

He had drawn the ire of the network after cracking jokes about NBC and AGT on a Showtime comedy special.

"I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real n****r card," he said during his special Stand Up, Don't Shoot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"They did! Because then like these type of people started showing up to my shows.

"I can’t do the real n****r stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ."

He was pointing to three older white audience members when he made the quip.

Earlier in the special he had said: "That's what NBC is gonna stand for tonight: "n*****s better come on, 'cuz n*****s be cussin', so n*****s be careful.

"Cuz y'all see me on the show. I mean sometimes I wish I could say the stuff that I want to say.

"But I can't say that. I can't talk like that 'cuz that would mess up the white money. It will."

Cannon later told Howard Stern he was not worried about NBC's reaction and hoped he would be able to host the show "forever," according to Hollywood Reporter.

What did Nick Cannon say when he left the show?

Cannon wrote in a Facebook post on February 13, 2017, that "I can not see myself returning."

"It was brought to my attention by my 'team' that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand," he wrote.

"In my defense, I would ask how so?

"Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment."

He added in the lengthy post: "I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn't have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property.

"There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.

"I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices."

He also wrote that "this isn't the first time executives have attempted to 'put me in my place' for so called unruly actions."

Why was Nick Cannon fired from ViacomCBS?

Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS earlier this month for making "anti-semitic" comments on a podcast in which he and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, the former Public Enemy member, discussed racial bias.

The two men contended that Black people are the true Hebrews and Jews have usurped that identity.

Cannon then argued that lighter-skinned people – “Jewish people, white people, Europeans” – “are a little less” and have a “deficiency” that historically caused them to act out of fear and commit acts of violence to survive.

“They had to be savages,” he said.


The podcast was recorded in May 2019 and released on June 30.

ViacomCBS condemned the comments and cut ties with Cannon.

He had hosted the MTV and VH1 sketch comedy show Wild 'n Out since 2005.

Charlamagne Tha God says Cannon's firing proves “Jews have the power."

Cannon, who has previously been married to Mariah Carey, has demanded ownership of the show following his termination.

Has Cannon apologized?

He apologized late Wednesday for the “hurtful and divisive” comments that led ViacomCBS to sever ties with him.

“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,” Cannon said in a series of tweets.

What other shows is he hosting right now?

Cannon remains as host of Fox's The Masked Singer.

“Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,” Fox said in a statement.

“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.”

The top-secret singing competition also features panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke.

The show features celebrities "facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity," according to The Masked Singer website.

 

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