Nick Kennan has been fired from his MTV show Wild ‘n Out and other work for the channel’s parent company, stating that he promoted anti-Semitic comments.
ViacomCBS said in a recent episode of its podcast Cannon Class, “promoting hate speech and spreading anti-Jewish conspiracies”.
In response, Cannon stated that he “does not make hate speech nor disseminate hateful rhetoric”.
The star also features The Mask Singer, produced by Fox.
He produced Wild ‘n Out, an improv series, which had 15 series, but which will now expire.
He has hosted a string of shows for the ViacomCBS-owned Nickelodeon channel for over 20 years, and was named chairman of the spin-off TeenKick in 2009.
In a statement, the company said: “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we explicitly condemn all forms of anti-Semitism.”
It added: “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 ending our relationship with him. “
In the June 30 episode of Cannonus Class, the presenter interviewed former public enemy rapper Professor Griff, who left the group in 1989 after calling Jews “wicked”.
Professor Griff claimed to Cannon that he was talking about the Jews controlling the media, adding: “I hate now because I told the truth.” Cannon said: “You are speaking facts.”
The presenter called Professor Griff a “legend”. He also said that “Semitic people are black people”, and that: “When we are semi-finalists, you cannot be anti-Semitic.”
On social media, Kennan later stated that he had “no hatred nor malice in my heart” and held himself “accountable for the moment”.
Cannon was also criticized for comments that said whites were “less” than black people.
Starr hosted America’s Got Talent on NBC from 2009 to 2016 and started a syndicated day time show for Fox in September called Celebrity Call Center.
Cannon hosts a morning radio show for KPWR in Los Angeles, and is the ex-husband of singer Mariah Carey.
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