Nick Cannon has been the host of your memaw’s favorite TV program, America’s Got Talent, for the past 8 season, but in a long ass Facebook post, he says that he’s done with introducing tight rope-walking Chihuahuas and singing children. Nick says he’s not going to let NBC censor the jokes that come out of his mouth.
In his Showtime comedy special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, Nick tells a joke about how he feels like he lost his black card once he started hosting AGT. The executives at NBC didn’t like that joke and felt like he was hurting their brand. Let’s just say that if Nick told that joke on AGT and the head bitches at NBC were the judges, they would’ve hit him with Xes left and right. Nick says that he refuses to let NBC tell him what to do, so he’s gladly giving up that easy check and leaving.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the joke that made NBC mad was about Nick saying that being the host of AGT fucked up his comedy act. via THR:
The joke in question aired as part of Cannon’s Showtime special, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, which premiered Friday on the pay cabler. “I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real n—r card. They did! Because then like these type of people started showing up to my shows,” Cannon said in the special as he jokingly pointed to three older white audience members in the front row. “I can’t do the real n—r stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ.”
Earlier in his Showtime special, his third on the pay cabler, Cannon made several jokes about NBC and the difference in language he used in the special compared to the more family-friendly reality competition.
“That’s what NBC is gonna stand for tonight: ‘N—rs better come on, cuz n—rs be cussin’, so n—rs be careful,” said Cannon. “‘Cuz y’all see me on the show. I mean sometimes I wish I could say the stuff that I want to say. … But I can’t say that. I can’t talk like that ‘cuz that would mess up the white money. It will.”
TMZ reported that Nick’s contract with NBC states that he can’t talk about the network without approval. NBC felt like Nick shit on the network and they talked about firing him for breach of contract. But they apparently like him on the show and didn’t want to ruin their relationship with him, so they let it go. Nick was on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show, and Howard asked if he was afraid that his jokes would make the NBC “white money” dry up. Nick said that if they showed him the exit door, he’d show them a lawsuit.
“If they fired me from AGT, because of things I’ve said, then I can sue them. I can create a whole controversy. ‘NBC hates black people!'”
Today, Nick writes that AGT can’t fire him, because he quits, bitch! Nick says in his Facebook post that NBC has “put him in his place” before and he’s not going to let them control him anymore. Here’s a piece of what he wrote:
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.
That last line made Pimp Mama Kris cross Nick Cannon’s name off of a list of possible dudes to set one of her hos up with.
If you’re like me and your brain spit up a 404 error after reading the word “dolorous,” it means “expressing great sorrow or distress.” “Dolorous” is also a great nickname for a chick named Dolores who is always delirious.
Nick has like 450 other jobs, so he’ll be fine. And if he really does leave, I know who NBC will replace him with. NBC is owned by NBCUniversal who also owns E! and E!’s golden child is none other than Ryan Seacrest! Sure, Ryan Seacrest has 450 jobs himself, but since he is an animatronic garden gnome who runs on three AAA batteries, he doesn’t need to sleep.