“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,” Nick Cannon wrote in a Facebook post. “There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.”
It is apparent that Nick Cannon is experiencing some tension with his bosses from “America’s Got Talent” and since he is leaving, they may not be a resolve.
On Monday, the host released a statement speaking on his intent to vacate his position after NBC executives threatened him with termination. The threat supposedly came after the Host/Comedian made jokes about the show while he appeared on his Showtime comedy special, “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot”.
Also in his statement, Cannon is alleging that he was informed by his team that NBC executives are prepared to dispute that Cannon was in breach of contract by criticizing the network’s name during his appearance.
There has been no confirmation from Cannon or NBC on which jokes the NBC executives did not agree with.
Within that same special, he took time to speak to three Caucsais in the audience in which he jokingly stated that he would not have on his “America’s Got Talent” persona, while on stage.
Here are few other statements made during that performance:
“We’re over here talking about b—–s and players and stuff and you think this is ‘America’s Got Talent.’ This is going to be a little bit different tonight,”
“You thought you were going to get the tight suits with the shiny shoes….I’m going to use some different language than what you’re used to hearing on the show.”
“I grew up like a real n—-r, all that stuff, but I honestly believe once I started doing ‘America’s Got Talent’, they took my real n—-r card.”
Cannon states that this wouldn’t be the first time that NBC tried to discipline him for “unruly actions.”
Cannon wrote, “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,” he wrote, “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.”
Cannon has been on the show as a host since 2009.
“I wish AGT and NBC the best in its upcoming season but I can not see myself returning,” Cannon said. “As of lately, I have even questioned if I want to even be apart of an industry who ultimately treats artists in this manner.”