After being dropped by ViacomCBS, for "hateful speech" and "anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," Nick Cannon responded to corporation and is demanding ownership of Wild 'N Out. He is also asking for an apology. Cannon made new statements in a lengthy Facebook post early Wednesday morning.
The post reads in part, “If I have furthered the hate speech, I wholeheartedly apologize. But now I am the one making demands. I demand full ownership of my billion dollar Wild ‘N Out brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership! I demand that the hate and back door bullying cease and while we are at it, now that the truth is out, I demand the Apology!”
Cannon also alleges that "all advertisement [sic] that supported George Floyd and Breonna Taylor who we are still seeking justice for." (Note: Breonna Taylor interstitials were still airing on VH1's digital videos and on the linear channel at the time of this article's publishing). Cannon also says he reached out to ViacomCBS chair Shari Redstone "to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community," but did not receive a response.
In response to Cannon's latest post, ViacomCBS said: “It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached out to the Chair of ViacomCBS." ViacomCBS also told trade publications that they believe Cannon's claim about the Floyd and Taylor ads stem from a Wall Street Journal report. That stated, "Due to the comedic nature of the show we believe is in question ‘Revenge Prank,’ we didn’t want to be insensitive by placing ads for it next to important and serious topics, such as Black Lives Matter. This is standard practice we use with our media agency to ensure that our ads don’t come across as tone-deaf or disrespectful.”
Read Cannon's Facebook post in full below: