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A daytime talk show starring Nick Cannon is back on.
The syndicated strip, titled Nick Cannon, is set to debut in fall 2021. Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury will distribute the show, with Fox Television Stations serving as the lead affiliate group. Cannon’s show had initially been set to launch in fall 2020 but was pushed back following anti-Semitic remarks Cannon made on his Cannon’s Class podcast last summer.
“We, along with our many other strong broadcast partners, are excited to be able to bring Nick’s unique, light-hearted and entertaining style to the daytime audience starting this fall,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus said in a statement.
Added Cannon, “It’s been a longtime dream of mine to host my own daytime talk show and that I’m able to do this in New York City, bringing daytime television back to the place that has fostered generations of talent, is very special to me. With this show, we’ll be uniting all aspects of entertainment in a unique way in the very place where a lot of what we know today as our culture started. I couldn’t ask for better partners than Debmar-Mercury and Fox and thank them for supporting me in this endeavor.”
During a June episode of Cannon’s Class, the Masked Singer host and Richard Griffin, aka Professor Griff, discussed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories; at one point, Cannon said Black people are “the true Hebrews.”
“It’s never hate speech. You can’t be anti-Semitic when we are the Semitic people, when we are the same people who they want to be,” he said. “That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
ViacomCBS, with whom Cannon had a long working relationship, cut ties with him following the podcast (he later demanded full ownership of his series Wild ‘n’ Out, which has aired on MTV and VH1). Cannon apologized for his remarks, saying he was “ashamed” and would work toward educating himself and “strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”
Fox stood by him, saying he would remain as host of The Masked Singer. Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury also backed Cannon, delaying but not scrapping the daytime talk show.
“We do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere,” Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury said in July. “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views. We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show.”
Cannon will executive produce the syndicated series along with his longtime manager, Michael Goldman, and showrunners Katy Murphy Davis (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Red Table Talk) and Matt Strauss (The View, Dr. Oz).
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