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“I Feel Ashamed”: Nick Cannon Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Remarks

“I Feel Ashamed”: Nick Cannon Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Remarks

"I Feel Ashamed": Nick Cannon Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Remarks
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Nick Cannon will remain as host of The Masked Singer on Fox.

Nick Cannon has issued an apology addressing the anti-semitic remarks he made on his Cannon’s Class podcast series.

The comments were made while he was speaking with ex-Public Enemy member Richard Griffin. The podcast episode has since been removed.

“First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin,” he wrote on Twitter. “They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from. The video of this interview has since been removed.”

“While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5,000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to say that it is eye-opening would be a vast understatement,” he continued. “I want to express my gratitude to the Rabbis, community leaders and institutions who reached out to me to help enlighten me, instead of chastising me.”

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He then finished his statement with the following: “I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education — I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”

After sharing the apology, Fox announced that Cannon would remain the host of its show The Masked Singer. Cannon has hosted the show for all three of its seasons.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” Fox said, according to CNN. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends.”

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