How Nick Cannon Is Educating Himself After Anti-Semitic Comments

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Nick Cannon is trying to atone for anti-semitic comments he made in the summer of 2020 on his podcast Cannons Class. In a sit-down interview on Soul Of A Nation set to air tonight, Nick will be explaining how he is not looking for forgiveness. Instead, he is educating himself.

Nick Cannon Is Atoning For His Anti-Semitic Comments

During the controversial podcast, Nick was joined by Richard Griffin who had been kicked out of Public Enemy in 1989 for making anti-semitic comments. Nick called black people the “true Hebrews” and made many other comments against the Jewish community.


After seeing worldwide outrage, Nick posted an apology on social media. “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. “There is so much I have yet to learn.”

ViacomCBS initially severed ties with Nick who hosted the show Wild ‘N Out for 15 seasons. Rabbi Abraham Cooper who was critical of Nick’s comments was then brought on the podcast where he educated Nick. In his interview on Soul Of A Nation, Nick talks about how he is not seeking an apology.

“I’ve always said that apologies are empty. Apologies are weightless,” he says. “In Hebrew, they call it, you know, ‘Teshuva,’ the process of not only you know, repenting, but through that — if you’re ever met with a similar situation that you make a different decision. That goes beyond apologizing. And I’m on this journey of atonement, not to get a job, not to gain any more money because that’s not what’s needed here. I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”

Nick Is Pursuing Higher Education After Controversial Comments

Nick has been focused on educating himself and pushing to do the right thing. He previously earned his undergraduate degree in criminology at Howard University in May 2020. Now, he is going for his master’s degree in divinity. Nick has since been rehired by ViacomCBS.

The Masked Singer host also invited more guests from the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism onto his podcast. They sat in the place where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other notorious civil rights leaders once gathered.

“I’ve actually heard a Jewish person of color say, ‘When I walk in the room, they don’t know I’m Jewish. When I walk in the room they know I’m Black,'” Nick said.

Nick was one of 170 black and Jewish entertainment personalities who helped launch the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance. This organization is meant to help prevent antisemitism in the entertainment world.

“My journey’s not gonna stop, whether the person watching this forgives me or not,” Nick continues. “I’m still gonna hopefully through this process, be on the right side of history and bring people closer together.”


The episode of Soul of a Nation featuring Nick’s interview airs Tuesday, March 16 at 10 pm ET on ABC.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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