Nick Cannon announced on Monday that he will NOT be returning as the host of America’s Got Talent.
He wrote a long post on Facebook that said he was leaving America’s Got Talent because some executives at NBC allegedly threatened to fire Nick from the show after he made a racial joke about NBC in his recent Showtime stand-up special “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.”
Nick wrote on Facebook,
“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 goes on to say his team at NBC felt he “disparaged their brand.”
“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.”
He also said he loved hosting America’s Got Talent and finds it very difficult to walk away from the show.
“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.”
Nick has been hosting America’s Got Talent for 8 seasons. You can read his full post below.