Nick Cannon Speaks Out After Leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’ Over Racism
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Nick Cannon is officially done with America’s Got Talent!
The famous comedian, actor, rapper and father to Mariah Carey’s twins, ‘Dem Babies,’ took to his Facebook account on Monday to say that he was “deeply saddened” after being “threatened with termination by executives” for what some considered to be a racist joke about NBC during his recent Showtime stand-up comedy special.
“I was to be punished for a joke … My soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. Not to get too detailed but this isn’t the first time executives have attempted to ‘put me in my place’ for so-called unruly actions,” wrote Cannon on Facebook. “I will not stand for it. My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head.”
The production team for season 12 of the popular televised show is set to begin next month and Cannon may be nowhere to be found.
His “inflammatory joke,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, aired during the actor’s Stand Up, Don’t Shoot comedy special, which aired just last Friday.
“I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real N— card. They did! Because then like these type of people started showing up to my shows,” said Cannon, pointing out white audience members. “I can’t do the real N— stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ.”
He’d also made a joke that NBC stood for “N (word) Better Come on” and also indicated that he’d felt constrained by the family-friendly summer show.
Speaking with Howard Stern on Friday, TMZ reported, Cannon’s persona seemed to come off as confident that NBC would be okay with his televised comedic routine.
“If they fire me from AGT for the things I’ve said … I can sue them and create a whole new controversy — ‘NBC hates black people!'” he laughed.
However, on Monday, Cannon struck a more somber note. “It was brought to my attention by my ‘team’ that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand,” wrote Cannon. “In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.”
Cannon added: “I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity. ”
NBC has been reached for comment and still no public statement has been released.
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