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Nick Cannon Says He's Seeking 'Atonement,' Not Forgiveness After Anti-Semitic Comments

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Nick Cannon is opening up about his "journey of atonement" after making anti-semitic remarks last year.

The longtime tv host will sit down with Linsey Davis on ABC's "Soul of a Nation" on Tuesday, March 16, and discuss what he's been doing to atone for last summer's comments. During a short teaser clip released ahead of the full interview, Cannon, 40, made a big distinction between atonement and forgiveness. "I’m not seeking forgiveness. I’m seeking for growth," Nick detailed. See the clip below.

'Apologies Are Weightless'

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Davis asked Cannon if he received pressure to apologize to keep his job, which he "wholeheartedly" denied. Nick, the creator and host of MTV's "Wild 'N Out," was fired by ViacomCBS shortly after public outrage over his remarks on his "Cannon's Class" YouTube series.

"I've always said that apologies are empty. Apologies are weightless," Nick explained. He continued to say what he was seeking goes beyond an apology and forgiveness during a preview aired during "Good Morning America." "In Hebrew they call it, you know, 'Teshuva,' the process of not only you know, repenting, but through that, if you're ever met with a similar situation that you make a different decision. That goes beyond apologizing."

He added, "And I'm on this journey of atonement, not to get a job, not to gain any more money because that's not what's needed here. I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do."

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Cannon found himself in hot water after his interview with former Public Enemy member Richard "Professor Griff" Griffin in June of 2020. The two discussed whether the Jewish people are truly the chosen people and allegedly furthered anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Following the backlash, Nick did apologize for his "hurtful and divisive words" in the "Cannon's Class" video, which has been taken down. Since then, he sought out prominent members of the faith during his "journey of atonement," like Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, American Jewish Committee's Rabbi Noam E. Marans, among others. He also turned the Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

Cannon also vowed to donate his first paycheck from "The Masked Singer" season 4 to the Wiesenthal Center.

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