TV personality Nick Cannon has reflected on being fired by ViacomCBS for making anti-Semitic comments, calling it a “growth moment.” He has since started a podcast discussing the Black and Jewish communities alongside the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. Cannon believes that engaging in dialogue and learning from one another is the key to bringing communities closer together.
Nick Cannon reflects on his growth after being fired by ViacomCBS for making anti-Semitic comments and reveals that he has started a podcast with the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League to learn more about the Jewish community and to promote understanding and engagement between the black and Jewish communities.
In 2020, Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS for making anti-Semitic remarks on a podcast. Recently, the TV personality opened up about his growth since then, revealing that he has started a podcast alongside the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, to learn more about the Jewish community. The podcast dissects the relationship between Black and Jewish communities, with both men offering their perspectives. Cannon expressed the need for engagement between the communities, stating that it is the only way to bring people closer together and foster understanding.
Cannon’s anti-Semitic remarks came during a podcast episode of “Cannon’s Class” with rapper Professor Griff. He perpetuated Jewish stereotypes, claiming that their “deficiency” has led them to commit acts of violence. Cannon also claimed that Black people are “the true Hebrews” and made reference to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories regarding “Zionists” and the Rothschild family. ViacomCBS subsequently fired him, stating that they were “deeply troubled” by his comments.
Cannon later apologized on Facebook for putting his “Jewish Brothers and Sisters” in a painful position. He also addressed the incident on Twitter, expressing his commitment to deeper connections, learning, and strengthening the bond between the two cultures. Less than a year later, ViacomCBS rehired Cannon to host the hit comedy improv series, “Wild ‘n Out.”
Cannon’s recent comments illustrate the importance of growth and education in overcoming prejudice and hate. By engaging with the Jewish community and learning from one another, Cannon hopes to deepen his understanding and bring the two communities closer together.