Skyview Networks has clarified the status of Nick Cannon’s syndicated radio show. The daily show has been put on “pause” while the host spends a period of time “for self-reflection,” following an uproar over anti-Semitic comments he made on the June 30 episode of his podcast. “To clarify our statement, Nick Cannon is taking a period of time for self-reflection,” Skyview said Thursday afternoon in a follow-up statement. “During this period, production of the show with Nick as host will pause, while we offer affiliates an alternative host.”
Skyview’s original statement said: “Nick Cannon has begun a period of self-reflection to address the pain he caused, and while we recognize his apology, this time is needed to establish an action plan towards real change and advocacy. During this period, production of the Nick Cannon Radio show will cease. Skyview Networks values all communities and faiths and we expect all programs and personalities we syndicate to adhere to these principles.”
The hiatus came one day after ViacomCBS terminated the multi-faceted entertainer.
Cannon has hosted morning drive at Meruelo Media rhythmic CHR “Power 106” KPWR Los Angeles since June 2019. The show expanded into national radio syndication in January 2020 via Skyview Networks in a partnership with Meruelo Media.
In a Facebook post Cannon wrote, “I have decided to take some time away from my radio show so I can commit myself to deeper, more thorough reflection and education. I will use this time to establish an action plan towards real, impactful change and advocacy aimed at bringing people together.
“I continue to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who have reached out to me to help enlighten me. Their input and friendship will help me as I further commit myself to more profound learning and towards strengthening the bond between the Black and Jewish cultures every day going forward.”
Cannon also issued an apology Wednesday night (July 15). “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,” a five-post thread on Twitter begins. “They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from. The video of this interview has since been removed.”
In the podcast interview with Griffin, a rapper who goes by the name “Professor Griff” and was a member of Public Enemy before leaving the group after making anti-Semitic comments, Cannon reportedly said that Black people are the “true Hebrews,” discussed conspiracy theories about Jewish people and praised a minister known for anti-Jewish comments.
After the June 30 video podcast on YouTube came to the attention of ViacomCBS, the media giant immediately cut ties with Cannon, who has worked on the company’s MTV and TeenNick networks for years. “We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him,” a company statement read.
Late Thursday night (July 16), Meruelo Media released a statement of its own. “Last night Nick Cannon apologized for the pain he caused on a recent podcast interview. While the remarks were not part of our radio content, nor lived on any of the platforms associated with Meruelo Media, as a minority-owned media company, we take these matters very seriously,” the statement read. “Nick has decided to take some time off to reflect and create an action plan. Meruelo Media supports his decision and his process of reflection. As such, The Nick Cannon Morning show on KPWR Power 106 will be on hiatus for the near term. Meruelo Media condemns all expressions of hate, racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism.”
Cannon is the Executive Producer of “Nick Cannon Radio” in collaboration with Ncredible Productions and Meruelo Media. He earlier announced plans to launch a daily daytime TV talk show in September, cleared on Fox Television Stations, along with “Nick Cannon’s Hit Viral Videos” via Fox.
Following the headline-making comments and subsequent firing from ViacomCBS, Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the Premier Networks-syndicated “The Breakfast Club” came to Cannon’s defense.
"Listen, Nick is my guy. I hate it had to be him, but that’s what you can do when you have the power,” he said on Wednesday’s show, according to The Washington Examiner. “And if there’s one thing Jewish people have showed us, it’s they have the power. I can’t wait until the day Black people are able to fire people for saying things about us that we deem racist. We can barely get cops fired for actually killing us.”
Also, on Wednesday, Sean “Diddy” Combs made an offer on Twitter for Cannon to join his Revolt TV network. “@NickCannon come home to @REVOLTTV truly BLACK OWNED!!!” he tweeted. “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!!!”