By Victor Omondi – A syndicated talk show hosted by Nick Cannon won’t be launched this fall as earlier planned, following Cannon’s anti-semitic comments that he made on his podcast. The comedian-actor was set to host Fox’s The Masked Singer and be the executive producer of an eponymous show from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury.
Lionsgate says it will stand with the comedian-actor, though it will put the daytime show on hold for a year.
“The Nick Cannon talk show will not debut this year. After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings, and his apology is heartfelt and sincere,” said Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury in a statement.
“We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021, he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show,” they continued.
“Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism, and hate speech. It runs counter to everything we stand for,” they said.
In an interview with Richard Griffin, during Cannon’s podcast June 30 edition, Cannon referred to Blacks as the “True Hebrews” and talked about anti-semitic conspiracy theories.
“It’s never hate speech. You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people when we are the same people they want to be,” Cannon said. “That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
Cannon later apologized for his remarks and asked the Jews to forgive him for using hurtful words during the interview.
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