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Nick Cannon will no longer be working with ViacomCBS, according to the company.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE on Tuesday, a ViacomCBS spokesperson said that the company has decided to cut ties with the Wild ‘n Out host, 39, after he “failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism” in a recent episode of his YouTube channel’s “Cannon’s Class” series.
The article goes on to state the following:
On June 30, Cannon published a video on YouTube featuring an interview with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, who was ousted for the group for his own anti-Semitic remarks made in an interview with the Washington Post in 1989.
In the video, the two discussed “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” PEOPLE reports.
After a backlash over his comments, Cannon failed to specifically apologize for the video, saying in an interview with Fast Company, “To me apologies are empty.”
Cannon did release a statement on his Facebook page that said: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.”
“The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles,” he said. “When you look at The Media, and other sectors in our nation’s history, African Americans and The people of the Jewish community have partnered to create some of the best, most revolutionary work we know today.”
“I am an advocate for people’s voices to be heard openly, fairly and candidly. In today’s conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all – including myself – must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations – it’s the only way we ALL get better. I encourage more healthy dialogue and welcome any experts, clergy, or spokespersons to any of my platforms to hold me accountable and correct me in any statement that I’ve made that has been projected as negative.”
“Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!”
PEOPLE notes that Cannon has worked with ViacomCBS for decades. He has starred in “a variety of shows on the company’s owned networks, including Nickelodeon and MTV, he was named the chairman of TeenNick in 2009.”
ViacomCBS explained the decision to part ways with Cannon in a statement. The company is “committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry,” a spokesperson said.
“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the statement read. “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.”
“While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”
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