Nick Cannon – ViacomCBS Is ‘Hopeful’ To Work W/ Him Again
Nick Cannon‘s working relationship with ViacomCBS may be on the mend.
Chris McCarthy, president of the company’s entertainment and youth brands, said in an employee town meeting that he is “hopeful” the company can work with Nick Cannon again. Nick Cannon was recently let go from ViacomCBS after he made comments on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast that the company viewed as anti-Semitic hate speech.
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Nick Cannon called out ViacomCBS in a lengthy post after being fired.
“I don’t have to defend myself here, the proof is in the history. I believed that the corporation was becoming more progressive and willing to create helpful spaces and dialogue in these difficult and uncertain times of 2020. Instead they chose to recently ban all advertisement that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are all still seeking justice for. I also went as far to reach out to Ms. Shari Redstone, the owner of Viacom, to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community. Dead Silence! So that’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place. They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with.”
Read his full statement here.
Not long after the announcement of his termination, the creator and host of “Wild’n Out” released an official statement and apologized for his initial comments.
“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. 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 all sincerity, because I actually don’t like apologies because I feel like apologies are empty. Because in that sense you can say ‘sorry’ as many times but if you don’t learn, if you’re not corrected and then you move forward, there’s no growth. There’s no healing.
That’s why I felt like I’d rather sit down with someone of your stature to really correct me. So I believe in more than saying I’m sorry–which I am. I’m sorry for causing pain [and] hurt to people. But I need to learn how not to do that anymore.”
Chris McCarthy has recently told staffers that he had been watching Nick since the incident and praised him for acknowledging that he was wrong.
“He apologized, he said it was wrong. He has since been on a journey of learning and understanding, and more importantly, he is using his voice to help educate other people and is becoming an advocate on this issue. This is consistent with the Nick I’ve known for 10 years.”
Chris McCarthy also noted that there should have already been a code in place to address these types of potential issues.
“As I look back on all of this, I regret that we didn’t have our new “Cultural Code” built sooner. It’s a shame that it took an incident like this for us to take a step back and have a clear process in place to address issues like this. Part of that came from when I asked myself ‘What could we have done that would have made it better or what can we do to prevent this from happening in the future?’”
“I struggle with the fact that Nick, a longtime partner and friend of ours, is on this journey and we’re not part of that journey. And that’s honestly where our new ‘Cultural Code’ came from and bringing in social justice partners so we all have the base-level education. And, if I could change anything, I would have asked us to build that two years ago.”
At this time, there’s been no official word on how, or if, Nick and ViacomCBS will work together again.
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