Nick Cannon wants out of ‘America’s Got Talent’
Nick Cannon is done with “America’s Got Talent.”
“I wish AGT and NBC the best in its upcoming season but I can not see myself returning,” Cannon, 37, wrote on Facebook Monday. “After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke.”
The comedian came under fire from network bigwigs over a joke about NBC taking his “black card” on a Showtime special that aired Friday, TMZ reports. NBC ultimately decided to let the remark go, but Cannon reportedly took the threat personally.
“It was brought to my attention by my ‘team’ that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand,” he wrote.
“Recently many of my mentors have cautioned me that soon ‘The System’ would come down on me because I was speaking too many truths and being [too] loud about it,” he continued. “Not to get too detailed but this isn’t the first time executives have attempted to ‘put me in my place’ for so-called unruly actions … To be publicly reprimanded and ridiculed over a joke about my own race is completely wrong and I have to do something about it.”
Still, Cannon, who’s hosted “AGT” since 2009, admitted that he may well have violated his contract by making the comment in his special.
“I have mulled over my process for days and felt it was best to once again speak my mind about an unjust infrastructure that treat talent like they own them. Maybe it was my mistake for signing the contract in the first place, in which I will take full responsibility and have already taken action to restructure my own team of advisors,” he wrote.
It may be the end of his Hollywood career as a whole … at least for now.
“As of lately I have even questioned if I want to even be a part of an industry who ultimately treats artists in this manner. Most of us don’t realize that there are 6 major corporations that control 90 percent of media in America and the amount of minority executives is dismal. With this being the case, true equality in our industry is impossible.”
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