Will Nick Cannon Be Fired From His Fox's 'Masked Singer' Gig Next?

On Tuesday, Nick Cannon was fired from MTV after making antisemitic comments in his podcast, Cannon's Class. The host also has a long relationship with ViacomCBS, which is the parent company of MTV and Nickelodeon, where Cannon got his start early on in his career.

Whether or not he will get axed from his hosting gig on the Fox reality singing competition The Masked Singer remains to be seen. Fox had no comment when approached by Newsweek, so for the moment it appears Cannon's other hosting gig is safe for now. Cannon has served as the host for three seasons of The Masked Singer since its premiere in 2019. In May, it was announced that the top-rated show was renewed for a fourth season, aiming for a premiere this fall.

During the June 30 episode of Cannon's podcast Cannon's Class, rapper Professor Griff made an appearance. Professor Griff used to be part of Public Enemy, but was fired from the hip-hop group after he made anti-semitic comments in 1989.

Cannon claimed that Black people were the "true Hebrews" and spoke about anti-semitic conspiracy theories. "It's never hate speech, you can't be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people," Cannon insisted. "When we are the same people who they want to be. That's our birthright. We are the true Hebrews."

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Banana with host Nick Cannon on 'The Masked Singer'. Greg Gayne/FOX

Two weeks after the podcast episode premiered, ViacomCBS revealed they were ending their decades-long relationship with Cannon.

"ViacomCBS 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," a statement from ViacomCBS read.

"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," the statement continued. "We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds."

Cannon addressed his comments on Monday, July 13 before he was let go from ViacomCBS. He tweeted that he holds himself accountable for what he said and does not condone hate speech.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions," he wrote. "I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding."

Cannon continued: "Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let's embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!"

Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding.

— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) July 13, 2020

Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!🙏🏾

— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) July 13, 2020