Nick Cannon will no longer host NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the comedian announced on social media Monday morning.
Cannon apparently upset some NBC executives with a joke he made during a recent standup comedy special, TMZ reported.
“While Nick was recording the special more than a month ago, he joked with the audience that NBC was making him lose his “black card” — strongly insinuating the network wanted him to show less swagger on ‘AGT,” the entertainment site reported.
NBC reportedly said Cannon was in violation of his contract for saying bad things about the network. Additionally, there may be a clause in his contract that keeps him from even talking about the network at all without prior approval.
Cannon finally sounded off on social media Monday morning.
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….
…. So I wish AGT and NBC the best in its upcoming season but I can not see myself returning.
The comedy special is scheduled to air Friday night on Showtime.
NBC did not immediately respond to Eye Opener’s request for comment.