After Being Fired From Viacom, Nick Cannon Is Suing For HOW MUCH?
Nick Cannon has had quite a chaotic few months. He was fired from Viacom for making anti-semitic comments on his podcast. Nick put out several apologies that ultimately saved his job on The Masked Singer. Now, Nick his hitting back at Viacom and plans to sue them for the value of his former show Wild’n Out.
Nick took to Facebook to discuss his thoughts on the firing in July. After a video went viral on social media of the host talking about the comments in question, he maintains that he reached out to Viacom owner Shari Redstone “to have a conversation of reconciliation.” He said that he was met with “Dead Silence!” after this attempt. He went on to say “They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with.” But, a spokesperson from Viacom told Variety, “It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached out to [Redstone].”
Nick Cannon Is Suing Viacom For The Value Of Wild’n Out
Nick is reportedly looking to sue Viacom for $1.5 billion, the estimated value of Wild’n Out. He got the show going from the ground up back in 2005. He maintains that he paid for it with his own money to start the show on the MTV network. In an exclusive statement, his team said “It is just that simple, Wild’n Out belongs to Nick! The show was created by Nick Cannon with his idea and original thought.” They went on to say “Wild’N Out has brought billions of dollars in revenue to Viacom since 2015. And Nick deserves and has earned everything it is worth.”
Nick did end up apologizing to the Jewish community in two separate statements on social media. “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. 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” he said. In another post, he spoke about how he had the “opportunity to converse with Rabbi Abraham Cooper director of global social action @SimonWiesenthal My first words to my brother was, I apologize for the hurt I caused the Jewish Community.”
But after these apologies, it was clear that Viacom had severed ties with Nick for good. While his fate on The Masked Singer was up in the air for some time, it was confirmed that he would be returning for season four.
What Does Nick Plan On Doing With This Money?
According to The Shade Room, Nick “plans to use the money from the suit to invest in better education in underserved communities, as well as creating psychological programs, youth organizations, and developing inner-city communities.” He has been a huge voice of the Black Lives Matter movement. Nick attended protests across the country and we have seen his activism using his voice to lend to causes like STOMP Out Bullying.
His team finished off the statement saying “From the platforms he provides for other entertainers, the jobs he creates for black youth, the time he gives to mentoring incarcerated men and women, to the money he gives back and puts into communities, homelessness, and people less fortunate.” They continued “He is constantly evolving both spiritually and mentally, as well as, taking action in learning, education and bridging the gap within the Jewish and African American communities so that it will allow us to build relationships, work together and learn from each other in order to move forward in equality.”