News broke earlier this week that ViacomCBS would be ending its longtime relationship with Cannon following anti-Semitic remarks he made during his podcast.
Diddy, however, reached out to welcome Cannon to his Revolt TV network instead. “.@NickCannon come home to @REVOLTTV truly BLACK OWNED!!!” he wrote on Wednesday (July 15) alongside a fist and heart emoji. “We got your back and love you and what you have done for the culture. We are for our people first!!! For us! By US! Let’s go!!!”
— Diddy (@Diddy) July 15, 2020
In the June 30 episode of his Cannon’s Class podcast, the actor interviewed Professor Griff, a former member of Public Enemy who left the group after making anti-Semitic comments. Cannon mentioned that Black people are the “true Hebrews” and discussed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the wealthy Rothschild family. “It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people,” Cannon said. “When we are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
On Wednesday, Cannon took to Facebook to defend himself after he was fired by ViacomCBS for the remarks. The host demanded “full ownership of my billion dollar Wild ‘N Out brand that I created,” and asked for an end to “the hate and back door bullying” and an apology.
“I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us to all grow closer together and learn more about one another,” he wrote. “Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken black man.”
He claims that ViacomCBS “chose to recently ban all advertisement that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are all still seeking justice for,” and says he even reached out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone “to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community.” He continued to claim that his request received no response.