Bring on the laughs!
Wild ‘N Out, the hit sketch comedy show synonymous with Nick Cannon will be returning for its 16th season with the actor, comedian, producer, host and entrepreneur at the helm. Credited with creating, producing and hosting Wild ‘N Out, Cannon had been the face of the franchise from when it premiered in 2005 up until he was fired in July 2020.
Cannon was canned as a result of controversial statements he made during an episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast. The episode which can no longer be viewed on YouTube, due to violating the video platform’s policies regarding hate speech, featured Cannon and former Public Enemy member Professor Griff sharing ideologies and conspiracy theories that have been deemed anti-Semitic, racist and insensitive. Prior to Cannon’s firing, Wild ‘N Out had been greenlighted for at least three more seasons. However, the future of the long-running show had seemingly been in limbo without Cannon’s involvement.
In the wake of the backlash he received, Nick Cannon called out ViacomCBS— the parent company of MTV, MTV2 and VH1, the networks that have aired Wild ‘N Out. He accused ViacomCBS of having a history of “mistreating and robbing our community” and “underpaying talent.” He also demanded full ownership of Wild ‘N Out, writing “now I am the one making demands. I demand full ownership of my billion dollar “Wild ‘N Out” brand that I created, and they will continue to misuse and destroy without my leadership!”
According to ViacomCBS, the decision for Nick Cannon to return to his Wild ‘N Out duties came after the 40-year-old issued several apologies to the Jewish community for what he has referred to as his “hurtful and divisive words.” In a recently released statement, Cannon expressed, “I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education—I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward.”