Nick Cannon has announced he is quitting America’s Got Talent after eight seasons as host after NBC executives tried to ‘silence’ him.
The comedian and host made the announcement with a long post on his Instagram and Facebook accounts, accusing NBC of trying to silence him over jokes he made during a Showtime comedy special.
Cannon’s third stand up special Stand Up, Don’t Shoot premiered on Friday, where he joked about his “AGT” self and his real self.
“Matter of fact, that’s what NBC gonna stand for tonight,” Cannon told the crowd, according to Decider. “N—-r Better Come on, ’cause n—-rs be cussing. So n—a be careful.”
This did not sit well with NBC, who was set to fire the AGT host before letting the comments slide, according to TMZ.
It seems Cannon has been going through difficult times, according to his Instagram page – where he has posted several quotes about not being okay and also has had health issues over the break.
Cannon has been host of America’s Got Talent the past since 2009. Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Simon Cowell are all set to return.
NBC has not yet addressed the comments by Cannon. Filming is scheduled to begin for the next season next week.
America’s Got Talent returns to NBC this summer.