Nick Cannon visits Simon Wiesenthal Center after anti-Semitic remarks
Nick Cannon paid a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in response to backlash over anti-Semitic remarks he made on his podcast last week.
According to a press release from the center, the “America’s Got Talent” alum spoke with senior officials and heard stories from Holocaust survivors on Tuesday. He also viewed “The Hitler Letter” in which the German dictator outlined his plans for the “uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.”
Cannon, 39, even promised to donate his first paycheck as the host of “The Masked Singer” to the center.
The TV host found himself in hot water last week when he chatted with former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, 59, who was axed from the group in 1989 for spouting anti-Semitic trope.
The two referenced fringe conspiracy theories about Jewish people, including “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America.”
Cannon also added that black people are “true Hebrews” and praised the controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Following the backlash, Cannon released a statement, reading, in part, “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.”
He also apologized in a series of tweets, writing, “I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from.”
While ViacomCBS — where Cannon was named chairman of TeenNick — swiftly terminated their relationship with him, Fox announced they were keeping him on as host of “The Masked Singer.”
“Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,” Fox said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Cannon met with a Rabbi to talk about his comments.
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