Nick Cannon’s upcoming syndicated talk show has now been pushed back following the fallout from his anti-Semitic rhetoric on his podcast.
As Deadline reports, Cannon’s self-titled talk show (which is cleared to air in 90% of the country, including the top 20 markets) will not debut this year, even though its debut was initially scheduled for Oct. 5.
Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury have said in a joint statement that even though they condemn racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, they are “standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten & unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show.”
“We do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt & sincere,” they said. “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views.”
Cannon was recently let go from ViacomCBS–which owns MTV, where Cannon hosts their improv show Wild ‘N Out–as a result of comments made on an episode of Cannon’s podcast in June. FOX, however, is keeping Cannon as the host of their singing reality contest The Masked Singer.
Cannon has since apologized for his statements on Twitter, writing in part that he will take time away from his radio show “so I can commit myself to deeper, more thorough reflection and education.”