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Nick Cannon fired by ViacomCBS; apologises to Jewish Community! for ‘hurtful’ comments!

Nick Cannon has apologized for his anti-semitic remarks during an interview with Richard Griffin.

Nick Cannon apologizes for anti-Semitic remarks after firing!

The TV host and producer said he is “ashamed” of the “hurtful and divisive” comments made on his podcast.

VIACOM CBS released the following statement on Tuesday.

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” 

“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.” {{pause}} 

Nick Cannon was interviewing a former member of the rap group Public Enemy, Richard Griffin aka Professor Griff, who who left the group in 1989.

During their discussion, Griffin claimed that he was talking about Jews controlling the media, saying: “I’m hated now because I told the truth.”

Cannon, who called Griffin a “legend,” said: “You’re speaking facts. There’s no reason to be scared of anything when you’re speaking the truth.”

He also said the “Semitic people are black people”, and that: “You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people.”

After the podcast surfaced, Cannon was dropped by ViacomCBS, which owns MTV. 

Although Cannon said he did not “condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric”, he also criticised ViacomCBS, saying the company was “on the wrong side of history”, and insisting that he had been “attempting to highlight” the problem of “systemic racism” in his podcast.

He added that he had reached out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone to apologise, although a company spokesperson said this was “absolutely untrue.”

Nick has since taken to his social media to post a further apology…

“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. The video of this interview has since been removed.”

While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5,000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to say that it is eye-opening would be a vast understatement. I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me.

“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education—I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” he continued on Twitter. 

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