Nick Cannon has apologized to the Jewish community for comments that he made on his Cannon’s Class podcast last month. In the controversial June 30 episode, he referred to Jewish people as “the true savages” while speaking with Public Enemy’s Professor Griff (who also has a history of controversial antisemitic remarks). “They had to be barbaric because they’re in these Nordic mountains,” Cannon said while discussing the power white and Jewish people have and their treatment of “melanated” people. “They’re in these rough torrential environments. So, they’re acting as animals. So, they’re the ones that are actually closer to animals. They’re the ones that are actually the true savages.”
In his apology over a series of tweets, Cannon said that his comments were “hurtful and divisive.”
“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,” he said.
“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. I just had the blessed opportunity to converse with Rabbi Abraham Cooper director of global social action @SimonWiesenthal My first words to my brother was, I apologize for the hurt I caused the Jewish Community….”
“On my podcast I used words & referenced literature I assumed to be factual to uplift my community instead turned out to be hateful propaganda and stereotypical rhetoric that pained another community For this I am deeply sorry but now together we can write a new chapter of healing.”
ViacomCBS quickly severed ties with Cannon, who wrote more extensively about his split on his Facebook page.
ViacomCBS has not yet responded to Nick’s demand for the ownership of Wild ‘n Out or his Facebook post.