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Nick Cannon Reveals He Comes From A 'Black And Jewish Family' After Anti-Semitic Comments

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By Clark Sparky

Nick Cannon is revealing some interesting details about his family history a month after he sparked controversy after making anti-Semitic comments on his YouTube show "Cannon's Class." The "Masked Singer" host was a guest on on the American Jewish Committee's online program "AJC Advocacy Anywhere" this week, and said that his family on his mother's side is Jewish.

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"My mother has been calling me every single day since this happened with so much family history. My great-grandfather was a Spanish rabbi. He's a Sephardic Jewish man," he said.

"So, as much heat as I've been catching from the public and the outside, this hit home for my family in a real way because I come from a Black and Jewish family on my mother's side. When they hate, they don't discriminate. African-Americans and Jews in this country have to fight the common enemy of hate."

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During the episode the sparked the outrage, Cannon and his guest Professor Griff discussed several anti-semitic conspiracies during the show, including “the Rothschilds, centralized banking, the 13 families, the bloodlines that control everything even outside of America."

He also said that people with "lack of pigment" and "lack of melanin" are "savages."

“So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn’t have what we have – and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people – they had to be savages," Cannon also said.

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Cannon was quickly fired from his job as "Wild N' Out" host by ViacomCBS, but Fox decided to keep him on as host of "The Masked Singer."

He later apologized, saying his comments "reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from."

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"A lot of people may have been upset that I apologized, but I feel like that's what someone of true character is actually supposed to do when they hurt someone," he said on "AJC Advocacy Anywhere."

"Now, let's get through this process of truth and reconciliation," Cannon added.

Things got pretty dark for Cannon after the public outrage following his initial comments. In an Instagram post in which he remembered his late fried Ryan Bowers, Cannon revealed he'd contemplated suicide, writing that he "barely [rose] from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet."

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