Viacom announced Tuesday that they were terminating their relationship with Wild N Out' star Nick Cannon after he failed to apologize for antisemitic remarks. It all stems from a interview where while interviewing former Public Enemy member Professor Griff on a episode of the show,Cannon's Class. Griff was fired from the rap group after a 1989 interview in which he blamed Jewish people for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe."
Cannon responded saying that "the Semitic people are Black people." Cannon then goes on to explain why he felt whites were “violent throughout history,” made connections to that to melanin and later stated "they are the true savages" when referring to white people.
ViacomCBS statement read: "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."
Cannon has had a long working relationship with ViacomCBS, including hosting programs on company-owned networks MTV and Nickelodeon. In 2007, Cannon was named the chairman of Nickelodeon's young adult programming platform, TeenNick. Cannon won a Congressional Horizon award in 2009 for his accomplishments in reaching young people.
Fans had mixed reactions to the news of Cannons firing.