Minus those who may have been intentionally avoiding entertainment news in recent days, just about everyone has been made aware of Nick Cannon's anti-Semitic opinions and other racially charged comments stated during a taping of his podcast Cannon's Class. Not only has he faced a backlash on social media, but Cannon got fired from his long-lasting partnership with CBSViacom. Many have wondered whether or not he would continue to be the on-stage host for Fox's The Masked Singer, and the show has now released a statement about the situation following Cannon's online apologies.
Fox and The Masked Singer were not part of the first wave of reactions to Nick Cannon's hurtful statements on his podcast, but the network finally got its thoughts together on Wednesday evening in the aftermath of Cannon's back-and-forth with ViacomCBS. Here's what Fox's statement had to say (via TVLine):
While that statement wasn't the most clear and direct about what the future may hold, it seems pretty clear at this point that The Masked Singer will be welcoming Nick Cannon back as host for Season 4 and beyond, unless follow-up statements say otherwise, of course. The rather vague wording could indeed be a way of dousing the flames of the backlash while still giving itself enough leeway to remove Cannon from The Masked Singer at a later point if the pressure builds up. Or maybe Fox's execs really were fully convinced by Cannon's apologetic social media posts.
On Wednesday evening, Nick Cannon hit up Twitter for a long string of apology posts after spending most of the day retweeting followers decrying his firing from ViacomCBS. (Which came after he himself put the mega-corporation on blast.) You can read some of that apology below.
The episode of Cannon's Class in question featured guest Professor Griff, who was notably booted from the rap group Public Enemy decades ago over his anti-Semitic views. Beyond the conversation points that disparaged the Jewish community – which saw Nick Cannon calling Black people the "true Hebrews" – Cannon and Griff also spoke about the pseudoscientific Melanin Theory and touched upon other unproven conspiracy theories that drive racially charged viewpoints.
So for now, it looks like Nick Cannon saved his job at Fox and will still be around to introduce costumed mystery celebrities on The Masked Singer, which has been a ratings hit for Fox since its premiere. Cannon also hosted the quarantine-inspired program After the Mask, in which he spoke with just-eliminated contestants about their experiences on the show.
For now, The Masked Singer doesn't have a fourth season lined up, with production lockdowns still in place, but you can bet that Fox is trying to figure out ways to get back to filming as soon as the industry can work freely again. All three seasons of The Masked Singer can currently be streamed on Hulu. And for those wondering what shows are debuting in the coming months, head to our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule.
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