Nick Cannon Explains Why He Is Not Seeking Forgiveness For Making Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon

The Hollywood veteran takes part in his first network interview since the fallout over statements made on his podcast.

Last year, Nick Cannon was at the center of a media firestorm after he shared some controversial comments on his Cannon’s Class podcast. Cannon was accused of spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and he later apologized to the Jewish community.

As a result of his self-described “hurtful and divisive” words, Cannon temporarily lost his Wild ‘N Out television series and his Power 106 radio morning show went on hiatus. The Drumline star is still dealing with the aftermath of his previous statements.

An upcoming episode of ABC’s Soul of a Nation newsmagazine program will include a sit-down interview with Cannon. ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis asked the 40-year-old comedian/actor/musician about the difference between offering an apology and seeking atonement.

“I’m not seeking forgiveness. I’m seeking for growth. I’m going through the process of atonement for growth, and if someone during that process forgives me then we’re growing together,” explained Cannon. He also added, “Ultimately, I’ve always said apologies are empty, apologies are weightless.”

The full Nick Cannon interview for Soul of a Nation is scheduled to air on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT on ABC. Gospel singer BeBe Winans, AME Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, New York Times columnist Charles Blow, Message to the Millineals author Rizza Islam, R&B performer Anthony Hamilton, and more guests to appear on the show as well.