Nick Cannon—the actor, TV show host and musician—has been fired from his long-running comedy improv show Wild 'N Out. It comes after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast and YouTube show, Cannon's Class. Wild 'N Out's parent company ViacomCBS, released a statement saying, "We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him."
Cannon responded to the firing via a post on Facebook, saying "I must apologize to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters for putting them in such a painful position, which was never my intention, but I know this whole situation has hurt many people and together we will make it right."
Cannon adds that he tried to reach out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone to apologize—a claim which a ViacomCBS spokesperson called "absolutely untrue."
Cannon also demanded full ownership of the Wild 'N Out brand he helped create. "Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me," he writes. "For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild 'N Out."
The podcast episode in question features Cannon interviewing Richard Griffin, better known as Professor Griff, who was kicked out of the wildly popular rap group Public Enemy in 1989 after doing an interview in the Washington Times, where he reportedly claimed that Jews were responsible "for the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe."