On Monday Nick Cannon posted a rather long message on Facebook explaining why he was leaving ‘America’s Got Talent.’ He heard that executives at the network threatened to fire him over a racial joke he made in a recent Showtime stand-up special and the comedian says he will not return for season 12.
Cannon wrote in a post, “I was to be punished for a joke. This has weighed heavy on my spirit. 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. I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.” Cannon said that it wasn’t the first time that NBC executives had tried to put him in his place for his unruly actions.
He continued explaining his point, writing, ” As of lately I have even questioned if I want to even be apart 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. There will always be a “do as I say” mentality that mirrors society’s perception of women and minorities, and only a few will stand up against it. I proudly stand as one of those few, and will gladly take on whatever repercussions that come with it. I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business.”
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