Nicholas “Nick” Scott Cannon, 39, of San Diego, California, United States discussed race and racism on his podcast “Cannon’s Class” on June 30, 2020. In particular, he talked about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories involving the Rothschild family.
In the episode, Cannon interviewed rapper Richard Griffin, 59, Atlanta, Georgia, USA who is professionally known as Professor Griff, who was a part of Public Enemy but he left the group after making anti-Semitic remarks. The interviewer said, “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,” Cannon continued. “That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
Because of these statements, ViacomCBS ended its long-running relationship with Cannon. The diversified multinational mass media conglomerate told Deadline that it “condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.”
“We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” ViacomCBS continued. “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.”
“We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry,” ViacomCBS added. “ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds.”
In response, Cannon took to social media to defend himself on July 14, 2020. He noted that he does not condone hate speech.
Born in San Diego on October 8, 1980, Cannon graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, San Diego. In high school, he participated in track and field and he was the president of the African Student Coalition.
Cannon was the host of “America’s Got Talent” from 2009 to 2016. He hosted the first three seasons of “The Masked Singer” from 2019 to 2020.
From 2016 to 2020, Cannon attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Administration of Justice and a minor in Africana Studies.