Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Nick Cannon Stepping Away from Morning Radio Deejay Job, Tweets “Y’all can have this planet. I’m out!”


“Morning radio family. I have decided to take some time away from my radio show so I can commit myself to deeper, more thorough reflection and education.”

So wrote Nick Cannon yesterday, stepping away from the mic at Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. Will he return? I think so. But his situation now calls for a better strategy than he’s employing. He’s got a rabbi from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on his podcast, which is great, but he still has posts on his own Twitter feed from less than two days ago reflecting his former hostile feelings.

In the meantime, overnight Nick sounded like he was having a difficult time balancing his contrition with criticism from peers that he’d abandoned them. Abandoned them from what exactly? Anyway, he Tweeted: I hurt an entire community and it pained me to my core, I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then I watched my own community turn on me and call me a sell-out for apologizing. Goodnight. Enjoy Earth…Y’all can have this planet. I’m out”

Well, he’s not “out.” He’s still here, he’s got three kids and he’s got to deal with this mess. If he’s smart he’ll take a season off from everything and regroup, return with some new insights. And if he’s serious about all this, he’ll get some decent advice, starting with the overall look of his podcast. He’s posted a photo from his studio on Instagram, talking to Rabbi Abraham Cooper with the triple power fist behind him while wearing a bright red costume. That’s a lot of contradicting messages, frankly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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