Tuesday, June 25, 2024

UPDATED Murdoch’s Fox TV Makes It Clear: “Masked Singer” Ratings More Important than Nick Cannon’s Anti-Semitic Statements and Broadcasts


UPDATED AND CORRECTED Rupert Murdoch’s Fox TV — not Disney, as I inaccurately wrote earlier– it  letting Nick Cannon remain as host of “The Masked Singer” despite his anti-Semitic statements and pro-Louis Farrakhan Nation of Islam videos on YouTube. The name Disney has suddenly disappeared.

Yes. Fox TV– which was not part of the Disney deal–  is more interested in keeping “The Masked Singer” with its format and cast for big ratings and not rocking the boat. So what if Cannon said white people are savages and agreed that Black Hebrews are the real Jews? What’s more important? That? Or someone dressed in a parrot suit belting a crap song?

“Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,” Fox said in a statement Wednesday.

“On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly.”

Perfectly reasonable.

Cannon was fired by Viacom from VH-1, MTV, and Nickelodeon. He didn’t apologize to them. Instead, demanded the rights back to his “Wild n Out” show, and apology from Shari Redstone.

Of course, Nick can always get work at Sean Puffy Combs Revolt TV online. Combs offered him a job on Twitter yesterday because he’s in sympathy with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. For some reason, no one in the record industry is getting that message. But last week, Revolt TV was the only medium that would carry Farrakhan’s hate speech on July 4th.

What everyone is also not understanding is that it wasn’t one video on Cannon’s YouTube channel that was in question. There were several. They were all pro-Farrakhan, one of the most anti-Semitic, white-hating hate mongers in the world– maybe the leading one. In a time when we are trying to heal racial divides, Farrakhan should be everyone’s enemy.

Still to be determined is whether Cannon will host a daily talk show beginning September 21st for LionsGate in syndication, mostly on Fox stations. I can’t imagine guests signing up for that show, or the producers of it wanting to be involved. But we’ll see. Money talks in Hollywood.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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