Nick Cannon returns with Wild ‘n Out, following apology to ViacomCBS

Nick Cannon has issued an apology to ViacomCBS for the antisemantic comments he made in 2020, which ultimately led to his VH1 show, Wild ‘n Out, being cancelled.

Nick Cannon’s long-running comedy show, Wild ‘n Out, is set to return to VH1 with new and old episodes, after it was immediately cancelled in July 2020. This occurred after an episode of his podcast, Cannon’s Class, where Nick discussed race and racism with former Public Enemy member, Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin. Referencing the ideologies of Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, Cannon stated that people who have a lack of pigment are a little less than those who do, and have a lack of compassion.

He continued, “They’re acting out of fear. They’re acting out of low self-esteem. They’re acting out of a deficiency. So, therefore, the only way they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape and [unintelligible] in order to survive.” His comments sparked outrage amongst listeners, leading to ViacomCBS cancelling his long-running VH1 show, Wild ‘n Out, to distance itself from his antisemantic opinions.

After several months, it is reported that ViacomCBS and Nick Cannon have reached an agreement, as the broadcaster has reportedly accepted his apology. In a statement to Variety magazine on Friday, 4 February 2021, an MTV Entertainment Group spokesperson stated, “Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders and on his platforms. Those efforts are of the utmost importance, and that’s why we have invited him to re-join our team. On a separate note, we just learned that he tested positive for COVID and have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.”

VH1 is expected to air reruns of Wild ‘n Out in the coming weeks, ahead of Nick’s return to shoot new episodes of the show.