Comic and actor, Nick Cannon recently posted to his Facebook a shocking statement that he was done with hosting America’s Got Talent. Cannon has been a host on the show since 2009.
In the statement, Cannon talks about how NBC was attempting to silence him. In a long post on his Facebook, the America’s Got Talent host shared that he was put in a difficult and uncomfortable situation by the network.
Supposedly, the NBC network threatened to fire Cannon over a racist made during his comedy special, which aired on February 10th on Showtime. The joke that he made was about “his own race” but it didn’t seem to be okay with the executives at NBC.
In his special, ‘Stand Up, Don’t Shoot’, Cannon stated that hosting America’s Got Talent didn’t enable him to be his true self.
[quote]I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real n—r 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 n—r stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ. 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.[/quote]
It’s not often you get celebrities that speak out on topics like this. He thought that the network would be fine with his joke. Furthermore, Cannon said that NBC was among the top firms to work for.
However, Cannon had a change of heart and his soul wouldn’t permit him to work an organization that didn’t allow him to express his freedom of speech rights.