Amid the anti-Semitic controversy Nick Cannon caused for himself, his eagerly anticipated syndicated daytime talk show will not premiere on Oct. 5 as originally scheduled.
On Friday, producers of the talk show — which was already cleared to launch in 90% of the country — said that the show will not go on.
At least for now.
In a statement obtained by The Daily News, Debmar-Mercury said the “Nick Cannon” talk show “will not debut this year” and hope it will hit the airwaves next year.
“After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere,” the statement read. “We want to continue the healing process as he meets with leaders of the Jewish community and engages in a dialogue with our distribution partners to hear their views.”
“We are standing by Nick in our hope that by fall 2021 he will be able to use his extraordinary talent and platform to entertain, enlighten and unite his audience on the ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show.”
The company, which also produces and distributes Wendy Williams daily talk show and “Family Feud” hosted by Steve Harvey, noted that “Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech. It runs counter to everything we stand for.”
Last September, Debmar-Mercury announced the show with “The Masked Singer” host, who filled in for Williams during her unexpected leave of absence the spring before.
“I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone’s minds,” Cannon said with the announcement of the talk show. “When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.”
After causing an uproar for his June 30 podcast interview with ousted Public Enemy member Professor Griff, ViacomCBS cut decades-long ties with Cannon, the creative force behind the long-running MTV/VH1 sketch comedy “Wild ‘n Out.”
And although the “Drumline” actor said he still has his job as host and producer of Fox’s hit talent competition series “The Masked Singer,” Cannon issued a lengthy apology for his controversial comments.
On Thursday, he announced he was taking a break from his nationally syndicated radio show.
“I have decided to take some time away from my radio show so I can commit myself to deeper, more thorough reflection and education,” he wrote on Twitter.