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nickcannonagtNick Cannon says that he will no longer be a host of America’s Got Talent. In an emotional post to his Facebook page, he says that jokes involving the “n-word” on his Netflix special were the impetus for a parting of the ways with NBC.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

In a lengthy message posted Monday on his Facebook account, the comedian says he will not be returning to the NBC reality competition for season 12 after executives at the network threatened to fire him over a racial joke he made in a recent Showtime stand-up special.

“I was to be punished for a joke. This has weighed heavy on my spirit. 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. “I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community 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.”

The joke in question aired as part of Cannon’s Showtime special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, which premiered Friday on the pay cabler. “I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real nr card. They did! Because then like these type of people started showing up to my shows,” Cannon said in the special as he jokingly pointed to three older white audience members in the front row. “I can’t do the real nr stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ.”

Earlier in his Showtime special, his third on the pay cabler, Cannon made several jokes about NBC and the difference in language he used in the special compared to the more family-friendly reality competition.

“That’s what NBC is gonna stand for tonight: ‘N—rs better come on, cuz n—rs be cussin’, so n—rs be careful,” said Cannon. “‘Cuz y’all see me on the show. I mean sometimes I wish I could say the stuff that I want to say. … But I can’t say that. I can’t talk like that ‘cuz that would mess up the white money. It will.”

In an interview with Howard Stern on Friday morning, Cannon said he wasn’t worried about reaction to his Showtime special. “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 said with a laugh when asked if he was afraid the “AGT white money would dry up.”

Cannon went on to praise the show and NBC, noting that “it’s the best job that I have … hopefully I can do it forever,” he said, noting that he was unsure how many more years he had left on his contract with NBC’s summer hit.

However, as of Monday, Cannon had changed his tune.

“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,” he wrote in his post. “I will not stand for it. My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head.

“It’s never been about the money for me, what is difficult to walk away from is the fans, the people who love me on the show. This hurts tremendously,” he continued. “I felt like I was a part of the fabric of our great nation every summer, representing every culture, age, gender, and demographic. Now for the rug to be pulled from underneath me and to be publicly reprimanded and ridiculed over a joke about my own race is completely wrong and I have to do something about it.”

Production on season 12 of America’s Got Talent, which would have marked Cannon’s eighth as host, is set to begin next month. The rest of the on-air team — judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — are set to return for the new season, which is expected to premiere sometime this summer.

Read Cannon’s entire post HERE.


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8 thoughts on “Nick Cannon Says He Lost NBC Hosting Gig Due To ‘N-Word’ Joke

  1. The upity corporate jerks probably DROVE Cannon to “re-identify” with his people. Lord knows what he has to be subjected ti in order to stay on AGT. I’m with Nicj…F them! We can do better on our own.

  2. When my children were growing up and didn’t understand how certain actions could affect someone else, I always advised them to think about how they would feel if the same thing they were thinking about doing was done to them. These people supported Nick by buying tickets to his show, only to be singled out and described as “these type of people”. Not only was the dialogue I read not funny, it was unnecessary. This is a classic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  3. NBC didn’t fire nick, he quit, which he can’t really do because they have a contract. According to reps at NBC, they weren’t going to fire him at all and was surprised to hear he quit, again, he can’t quit, he has a contract, that wouldn’t go well for him.

  4. African American Woman on said:

    What a dumbass clown… He should have been kicked to the curb…this is a good example of how we’re always crying about how others disrespect an treat us…any mystery why??? Dignity???? He’s a disgrace to black folks everywhere.

    • The President is a disgrace to people everywhere. Look how far he made it. The same people who fired Nick are the same people who started calling us that name to begin with.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Stay in topic…the article is not about trump…it’s about Nick cannon and some very stupid and derogatory things he said.

      • angietangie on said:

        Hey carole the president have nothing to do with nick getting fired. He bought that on himself. He could have played NBC like he been doing, but he must have lost his way somehow and they fired him. They might have fired his ass for making that baby.. who knows, who cares?

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