Nick Cannon Demands Ownership of ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Says ViacomCBS Swindled Him
Nick Cannon is swinging back at Viacom after being fired from ‘Wild ‘N Out’ for discussing anti-Semitic theories on his podcast and the TV host is demanding an apology from the TV conglomerate for dismissing him from the show he created and also wants complete ownership of the series.
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.”
ViacomCBS is the parent company of MTV and the cable channel TeenNick, both of which Nick has worked with for years on various platforms. The TV personality, 39, had worked as an executive producer and chairman of TeenNick, a spinoff of the network Nickelodeon geared toward teenagers. He had also been a host and executive producer of the MTV comedy show “Wild ’N Out.”
During the podcast conversation Nick andProfessor Griff discussed several anti-semitic conspiracies, including “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America.” Nick said that people with “lack of pigment” and “lack of melanin” are “savages.”
“So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn’t have what we have – and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people – they had to be savages,” he said.
A ViacomCBS spokeswoman said in a statement that the company categorically denounced all forms of anti-Semitism:
“We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” the statement said. “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.”
Nick will no longer be the host of “Wild ‘n’ Out,” “The Masked Singer,” or any other ViacomCBS shows.