‘This moment calls for dialogue’: Fox opts not to fire Nick Cannon over controversial comments

According to the Washington Free Beacon, ViacomCBS fired Nick Cannon after the comedian made a slew of comments on an episode of his podcast that many deemed offensive and even racist. But Cannon still has at least one gig on his schedule.

The Free Beacon reported Thursday that Fox has opted not to cut ties with Cannon over the remarks, which the Free Beacon described as “an anti-Semitic tirade in which [Cannon] accused Jewish people of controlling the global financial system.”

Cannon hosts Fox’s hit show The Masked Singer, and according to PageSix, he’ll remain in that position despite his recent controversial comments.

“His words were wrong”

Fox spokesperson Les Eisner indicated in a statement Wednesday that rather than move to fire Cannon, the network wanted to open up a dialogue.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” Eisner said, according to the Free Beacon.

He went on: “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe.”

The network went on to laud Cannon, who is Black, for “sincerely” apologizing and taking “steps to educate himself and make amends.”

“On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly,” Eisner said Wednesday, according to Free Beacon. “FOX condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”

“Hurtful and divisive”

ViacomCBS, however, was less forgiving. According to PageSix, ViacomCBS fired Cannon from his MTV show Wild ‘N Out, and Cannon will no longer serve as chairman of TeenNick.

“While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, 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 statement from ViacomCBS read, according to Fox Business.

The comments that prompted Cannon’s ouster included the comedian “saying [B]lack people are ‘true Hebrews,'” PageSix reported. Cannon also alleged that “you can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people.”

The host later issued an apology. “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,” Cannon wrote in a tweet Wednesday. “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.”

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