TV host Nick Cannon has been fired by ViacomCBS after racist comments of his went viral in which he described white and Jewish people as "a little less," "closer to animals," "the true savages," who are "acting out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil."
"We are the same people who [Jewish people] want to be. That's our birthright. We are the true Hebrews," Cannon said on his podcast. "The Semitic people are black people."
The star of "The Masked Singer" and "Wild n' Out" also said:
"That's the melanin that connects us, so the people that don't have it are — and I'm going to say this carefully — are a little less.
When they were sent to the Mountains of Caucasus, they didn't have the power of the sun. The sun started to deteriorate them. So, they're acting out of fear, they're acting out of low self-esteem, they're acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil.
They have to rob, steal, rape, kill, and fight in order to survive. So these people who didn't have what we have, and when I say ‘we,' I speak of the melanated people, they had to be savages, they had to be barbaric because they're in these Nordic mountains, they're in these rough torrential environments, so they're acting as animals, so they're the ones closer to animals, they're the ones that are actually the true savages."
ViacomCBS said in a statement:
"ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism. We have spoken to Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast Cannon's Class on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him. We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our efforts to combat hate of all kinds."
While condemning his anti-Semitic rhetoric, ViacomCBS did not appear to mention Cannon's anti-white comments.