TV | July 16, 2020 11:54 am

Nick Cannon to Keep Hosting “The Masked Singer” After Apology for Anti-Semitic Comments

Cannon was dropped by ViacomCBS over the bigoted remarks

Nick Cannon on Fox's TV show The Masked Singer
Host Nick Cannon and The Frog on "The Masked Singer."
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After ViacomCBS cut ties with him over his recent anti-Semitic comments on his podcast, Nick Cannon will reportedly stay on as the host of Fox’s The Masked Singer after issuing an apology on Wednesday night, as Deadline reported.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” Fox said in a statement Wednesday night. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”

ViacomCBS — which owns MTV, where Cannon hosted Wild ‘N Out — fired the host on Tuesday, citing his “hateful speech and … anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” and saying it was “deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”

Cannon apologized Wednesday, writing, “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,” he continued. “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.”

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