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Nick Cannon has returned to Wild ‘N Out. The host, who was fired by ViacomCBS over the summer for “hateful speech” and “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” is back at the series, and production on new episodes is set to resume shortly, Variety reports. While old episodes of Wild ‘N Out were removed from TV after Cannon’s comments this summer, VH1 will resume airing the episodes this week.
The move to reinstate Cannon comes after the host and producer took steps to engage with and learn from the Jewish community. “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 from the MTV Entertainment Group told Variety. “Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why we have invited him to rejoin our team. On a separate note, we just learned that he tested positive for COVID and have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.”
Cannon was dropped by ViacomCBS after comments he made on a June episode of the podcast Cannon’s Class. At the time, Cannon called Black people “the true Hebrews” and shared anti-semitic conspiracy theories with his listeners. “It’s never hate speech, you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people, when we are the same people who they want to be,” he said.
After the episode aired, ViacomCBS issued a statement condemning the host’s remarks. “We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him,” they stated. Cannon was officially fired in July, about two weeks after the podcast was released.
While Cannon addressed his controversial comments in a series of Tweets after his firing, he did not offer an apology. “To me apologies are empty,” he said, per Fast Company. “What we need is healing. What we need is discussion.”
Since then, Cannon has partnered with multiple Jewish organizations and paired up with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt to write a an op-ed together in the Jewish newspaper The Forward, which called for unity between Black and Jewish communities. Cannon also toured the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where he made a donation.
“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education — I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” Cannon said in a statement yesterday, per Deadline.
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