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Nick Cannon Quits 'America's Got Talent' After NBC Considers Firing Him Over a Joke

Nick Cannon Quits 'America's Got Talent' After NBC Considers Firing Him Over a Joke

Nick Cannon has announced that he will not be returning to America’s Got Talent after eight years as the NBC series’ host.

The 36-year-old entertainer recently made a joke about NBC during one of his standup comedy shows and the network was reportedly considering firing him as it was a “breach of contract.”

“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,” Nick started off a lengthy letter on his Facebook account. “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.”

Nick went on to say how there is “no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity” before saying that he does not see himself returning for this summer’s upcoming season.

“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,” he wrote.

Click inside to read Nick Cannon’s full letter…

You can read the letter in its entirety below.

Nick Cannon’s Full Letter About Quitting America’s Got Talent

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 and I have to do something about it. I have fought many battles in my career and have never been afraid to go up against the system. I have mulled over my process for days and felt it was best to once again speak my mind about an unjust infrastructure that treat talent like they own them. Maybe it was my mistake for signing the contract in the first place, in which I will take full responsibility and have already taken action to restructure my own team of advisors. I now have to set out on a journey of freedom as an artist. As I was quoted in a recent interview, “You can’t fire a Boss!” and that is the essence that I possess. So I wish AGT and NBC the best in its upcoming season but I can not see myself returning. As of lately I have even questioned if I want to even be apart of an industry who ultimately treats artists in this manner. Most of us don’t realize that there are 6 major corporations that control 90 percent of media in America and the amount of minority executives is dismal. With this being the case, true equality in our industry is impossible. There will always be a “do as I say” mentality that mirrors society’s perception of women and minorities, and only a few will stand up against it. I proudly stand as one of those few, and will gladly take on whatever repercussions that come with it. I love art and entertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business. I believe It’s our duty as artists to make a difference and create change even if it’s one act at a time. Dr. King said it best, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”

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  • Alexandra

    I wanna know what was the joke

  • http://gossipandgab.com ToddBetzold
  • lost_girl

    it was a tastless joke, BUT it was a comedy show, i dont think he should get let go for that.

  • :)

    This man has talked horribly about women and minorites for years. He then backtracks saying it was a joke.

  • Raquelle Worthington

    The real tragedy is the joke ain’t funny!

  • oscue

    Fired or quiting we all win today!

  • Esoteric11

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • http://hisblossombunny.tumblr.com/ NerdyBirdy

    BAHAHAHAH!! good!! bye, asshole!

  • persononhere

    he wasn’t let go for the show. he was let go for violating his contract terms. he can probably have as many shows as he wants, but they have to represent his company a certain way

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  • Bro.C Bro.C

    BLACK LIVES MATTER but all who want to make jokes of African Americans with the slang / degrading N word can to make money? With all the deaths of ethnic discrimination how can one find it funny?

  • Arles John

    How many others have being always saying degrading things about the black race and they are not penalized
    Talk about hypocrisy America .
    Think about it before you chastise Nick.