ViacomCBS has made up with Nick Cannon after firing the TV host from Wild ‘N Out last summer for making anti-Semitic comments.
Back in July, the media giant — which is parent company to VH1, MTV, BET Networks, Nickelodeon and CBS — ended its relationship with Cannon following remarks he made on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast.
On Friday, the company announced the two sides had patched things up and VH1 sketch series Wild ‘N Out will resume production with Cannon as host.
“Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders and on his platforms,” a spokesperson for the MTV Entertainment Group said in a statement on Feb. 5. “Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why we have invited him to rejoin our team.”
The statement also wished Cannon well after he tested positive for coronavirus.
“On a separate note, we just learned that he tested positive for COVID and have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery,” the statement said.
Back in the summer, Cannon came under fire for comments he made while interviewing Public Enemy’s Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin about race and racism. During the controversial conversation, the TV host shared anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, praised the ideas of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and said Black people are the “true Hebrews.”
A short time later, ViacomCBS announced it was parting ways with Cannon. “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,” the company said.
Cannon later apologized and met with prominent members of the Jewish community to educate himself. He also blasted ViacomCBS in a Facebook post for booting him from Wild ‘N Out.
“I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multi-tiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise,” he wrote. “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.”
Looks like all is forgotten now.
Also last week, Cannon announced Debmar-Mercury is moving forward with his daytime talk show after the company sidelined the program in July amid fallout for his podcast comments.