The fate of the popular sketch comedy show Wild ’N Out created and hosted by Nick Cannon is still in limbo after being discontinued by ViacomCBS in July of this year. The show has been instrumental in providing a platform for many up-and-coming popular comedians, personalities, and even dancers, becoming a breakthrough moment for many while giving ample entertainment to viewers. Now that the show’s future hangs in the balance since the firing of host Nick Cannon fans and supporters await official news of a possible revival despite hearing other speculations.
Cannon’s termination came on the heels of comments he made on a June 30th episode of his podcast Cannon’s Class that were deemed “anti-Semitic”. He was met with widespread disapproval from the public and the network after his conversation with Public Enemy’s Professor Griff went viral, specifically when he said “[Blacks] are the same people who they want to be. That’s our birthright. We are the true Hebrews.”
In a lengthy post to his Facebook page, Cannon responded to the backlash and the imminent firing. “The moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken Black man,” the Masked Singer host stated. “I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation. I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the Black community.”
After thanking a few select individuals in the company that has been beneficial to his career and instrumental him in his growth, he proceeded to blast the company for quickly firing him. “I honestly can’t believe that Viacom has such poor council that would allow them to make such a divisive decision in the midst of civil uprising within our current pandemic,” he expressed.
The backlash seemed to have taken a major toll on him, however, when he sent out another tweet expressing the emotion it’s been causing. “I hurt an entire community and it pained me to my core, I thought it couldn’t get any worse,” he tweeted. “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!”
Months later speculation began to arise that cast members and hosts of the acclaimed podcast The 85 South Show, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Chico Bean would be taking over as hosts of the show. During an interview with The Breakfast Club, DC Young Fly offered an answer to the rumors when the question of him taking over was brought up. The comedian, who joined the cast two seasons after Chico Bean and Karlous Miller’s season 5 debut, made it clear that had he directly been given Cannon’s blessing he would have taken it. However, their loyalty prevents them from taking the role.
“I want [it] the right way. I wanted [it] to be given to me from the O.G. It’s his s—. It’s not corporate s—. Corporate didn’t hire me. Nick hired me,” Dc Young Fly professed. “So, it’d be a backstab for me to go be like, ‘Alright corporate, what y’all want me to do?’ I know how the game get. Y’all don’t [mess] with me like that. You only [mess] with what I can bring you. I wanna be part of a family, and Wild ‘N Out was family.”
DC Young Fly’s response to the question garnered praise from self-proclaimed “King Of The South”T.I., who took to Instagram to share an article claiming Young Fly turned down an eight-figure deal to take over the role as host of the show. “Let’s celebrate my young Bankhead/Westside Patna @dcyoungfly RIIIIIGHT GOTD—N NOW,” he captioned the post. “We should be celebrating each other for staying solid just as loud as we criticize for shortcomings. Lil bro a real 1 Salute King”
As for the show’s future, there still has been no word on if it will return to air or not, but ViacomCBS president of the Entertainment and Youth Group hinted that the network and Cannon may be closer to becoming on even better terms. “We continue to follow Nick’s journey and I’m impressed by how he’s owned his mistakes,” McCarthy shared. “He’s been an extended part of our family for almost 20 years and a personal friend of mine for almost half that. He’s leading by example, apologized, and trying to learn to understand and help others do the same. That’s the kind of partner we want to work with.”