Cannon, addressing her comment on a podcast released last month, said in the tweet, “I owe my deepest and most apologies to my Jews and sisters and brothers for the hurt and divisive words that came out of my mouth.”
He issued hours of apology after apologizing to ViacomCBS, condemning him late Tuesday and saying it was cutting ties with the host, with whom he had a more than 20-year working relationship.
Cannon said his apology came after discussions with Jewish leaders and vowed to find out more. “I am committed to deeper relationships, more intensive learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day,” he said on Twitter.
ViacomCBS cut ties with Cannon in response to his comment on the podcast, in which he and Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, former Public Enemy members, discussed racial bias. The podcast was recorded in May 2019 and released on 30 June.
Men argued that black people are true Hebrews and that Jews have revealed that identity. Cannon then argued that light-skinned people – “Jewish people, whites, Europeans” – “are a little less” and have a “lack” that has historically committed them to get out of fear and avoid violence.
“They had to be barbaric,” he said.
Jewish leaders criticized the Anti-Defamation League and prominent rabbis for the remarks.
Cannon stated in his apology that his words “reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and illustrious people and I feel ashamed of being perverted and naive without coming from these words.”
ViacomCBS cited the lack of cannon as the reason for the termination of her working relationship with him.
“When we support the ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to accept or apologize for ending anti-Semitism, and we are with him Ending the relationship, ”the company said.
Cannon produced “Wild ‘n Out,” a comedy improv series for VH1, a ViacomCBS-owned cable channel. He is a regular part of the TV show with the company, including former host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer”.
Apology seemed to satisfy Fox, who said in a statement confirming that Cannon would host the “masked singer”.
“Nick sincerely apologized and quickly took steps to educate himself and make amends,” the statement said. “On that basis and given a belief that the moment this calls for a conversation, we will move forward with Nick and help him broadly pursue this important conversation.”
It is unclear whether the apology will fix Cannon’s relationship with ViacomCBS. Earlier on Wednesday, he demanded an apology from the company and said he was “seeking full ownership of Wild ‘n Out.”
Viacombs action as basketball great and writer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, condemned many sports and entertainment celebrities to anti-tweet tweets and posts and called the response a “lack of outrage”.
Abdul-Jabbar made his remarks in a column for The Hollywood Reporter that did not mention cannon.