Masked Singer host Nick Cannon says he's 'not seeking forgiveness, I'm seeking growth' after ‘anti-Semitic’ comments
MASKED Singer host Nick Cannon said he's "not seeking forgiveness, I'm seeking growth" after "anti-Semitic" comments.
The MTV host had previously worried fans as he considered suicide following his firing from ViacomCBS.
Nick took to Twitter to share a clip of his interview with Linsey Davis, where he talked about the backlash and being "canceled" after a series of anti-Semitic comments he had previously made resurfaced.
In the interview, the 40-year-old told Linsey: "I'm not seeking forgiveness, I'm seeking for growth. I'm going through the process of atonement for growth and if someone during that process forgives me, then we have grown together."
He also debunked the rumor that he had been "pressured" to apologize for his comments.
The host said: "Who pressured me? Ultimately, I always said that apologies are empty, apologies are weightless."
His comments come just months after The Wild 'n Out host was let go from ViacomCBS in July 2020 after using offensive language during the June 30 episode of his podcast Cannon's Class.
Nick made anti-semitic and racist comments throughout the episode, stating that Black people are the "true Hebrews" and discussing anti-semitic conspiracy theories that involve the Rothschild family.
He went on to apologize for his "uninformed anti-semitic" comments and said he felt "ashamed."
His talk show had since been postponed.
Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury confirmed the show would not air in 2020, but will hopefully make a return next year.
A statement to US Weekly read: "After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere.
"We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views.
"We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show.”
Following his firing, Nick's fans were left worried after he tweeted "I'm out" following his apology for his "anti-Semitic" remarks.
The TV personality took to Twitter and wrote a few words that had some of his followers wondering if Nick was doing all well following all that has gone down with him.
He wrote: "I hurt an entire community and it pained me to my core, I thought it couldn’t get any worse.
"Then I watched my own community turn on me and call me a sell-out for apologizing. Goodnight. Enjoy Earth."
He also added in a separate tweet: "Y’all can have this planet. I’m out!"
Nick shared the tweet on his Instagram as well and tagged "Heaven."
Fans took to the comments section to quickly respond and check in on the All That alum.
One said: "Nooo!! Please. Take a break away from social media. Surround yourself with your love ones.
"Protect your mental health at all times."
Another person wrote: "Anybody else think this tweet sounds *very* concerning?"
He later hinted that he had indeed contemplated suicide after his firing over ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks in a tribute to his late friend Ryan.
The American's Got Talent star posted a picture of the pair on Instagram, and wrote: "Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… 2020 is definitely the most f****d up year I’ve ever witnessed!
"After waking up & barely rising from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet, this powerful warrior actually had the balls to do it."
Nick said his friend's "suicide" has "put this world in perspective."
He added: "I can’t help but think if I wasnt so engulfed in my own bulls*** I could’ve been there for you when you finally took your life after several attempts… F*** this place!! #CantWin #ForLosing"
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