Nick Cannon out at Viacom, keeps deal with Fox

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Nick Cannon’s comments on his podcast were widely criticized for perpetuating stereotypes and conspiracy theories against Jewish people. Photo by Jorge Gonzalez/(CC BY-SA 2.0).

Nick Cannon has apologized for anti-Semitic comments he recently made on his podcast “Cannon’s Class.” After the public outcry about his remarks, Cannon was fired from his job as host of the long-running sketch comedy show “Wild ‘N Out,” which he also created.

Initially, Cannon demanded on Facebook that Viacom give him back the rights to his 13-season show. He followed up the post with tweets, saying that his comments were “uninformed and naïve” and “reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people.” The video has since been removed.

Cannon continue will stay on as host of “The Masked Singer” on Fox, after the network reportedly discussed the matter with Cannon and was satisfied with his response. 

“He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate,” Fox said in a statement. “This was important for us to observe.”

Also, Tucker Carlson began a “planned vacation” from hosting his Fox News show after his head writer Blake Neff was fired for online hate speech. Carlson’s show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is currently the highest-rated show in cable news.  

According to Nielsen, 4 million viewers tuned in to watch Monday night’s show when Carlson announced the vacation. Carlson disavowed Neff’s comments, but claimed that “they have no connection to the show.”

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