ViacomCBS has ended a decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon following anti-Semitic comments on his podcast and YouTube channel.
Now Cannon is claiming ownership of his MTV and VH1 series Wild ‘N Out alleging that ViacomCBS “swindled” the show away from him.
In a nearly 1,500-word Facebook message posted this morning, Cannon writes, “I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise. Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me. For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ‘N Out.”
The podcast episode in question features Cannon interviewing Richard Griffin, better known as Professor Griff, who was kicked out of the wildly popular rap group Public Enemy in 1989 after doing an interview in The Washington Times, where he reportedly claimed that Jews were responsible “for the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.”
Throughout the interview, Cannon engages in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, asking why “we give so much power to the ‘theys,' and ‘theys' turn into illuminati, the Zionists, the Rothschilds,” — referring to the wealthy Jewish family often used as a dog whistle for anti-Semitism.
Nick Cannon says white people are "a little less," "closer to animals," "the true savages," "acting out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil." When does he get canceled? pic.twitter.com/vK3TBDW9i8
— Adam Ford (@Adam4d) July 14, 2020
Sean Combs tweeted a job offer to Cannon after the firing.