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.
I write this from a deeply saddened and dolorous mindset. 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. 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. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment. 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 to loud about it. I had no idea that it all would hit so close to home. 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. I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. 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. I will not stand for it. My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head. It's never been about the money for me, what is difficult to walk away from is the fans, the people who love me on the show. This hurts tremendously. I felt like I was apart of the fabric of our great nation every summer, representing every culture, age, gender, and demographic. Now for the rug to be pulled from underneath me and to be publicly reprimanded and ridiculed over a joke about my own race is completely wrong… Continued on My FACEBOOK
“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.