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Matt Rife, Clare Grant Star In ‘The Private Eye’; Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘The Friendliest Town’; Darius McCrary, Arclight Films Sets 3-Picture Deal – Film Briefs

Matt Rife, Clare Grant Star In ‘The Private Eye’; Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘The Friendliest Town’; Darius McCrary, Arclight Films Sets 3-Picture Deal – Film Briefs
Matt Rife (Wild ‘N Out) and Clare Grant (Changeland) are set to star in psychological thriller The Private Eye, along with Eric Roberts (Runaway Train), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther), Eugenia Kuzmina (The Gentlemen), Elijah Boothe (Luke Cage), Jihad Reeves (All American), King Chip (Shootouts), Lexy Panterra (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween) and newcomer Elliot. Jack Cook directed the pic from a screenplay he co-wrote with Hope Ayiyi, Santino Ramos, and Patrick Roe.

Set throughout LA, the mystery drama follows a private investigator Mort Madison (Rife) whose life is spiraling downward, when a beguiling, slightly familiar woman (Grant) hires him for his most unusual case.

Cook and Ayiyi also produced The Private Eye, which is expected to be released in Summer 2021, with Elliot, Alex Kagianaris, and Boothe. Mark Berry and Joe Hebeler are executive producers.

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Gravitas Ventures has secured North American distribution rights to the timely documentary The Friendliest Town,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Funny Mike

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Funny Mike
Born MacArthur Johnson but known to the world as Funny Mike, Mike has built a massive online platform all off the strength of his sense of humor and hard work. He is well-known for his YouTube presence where he has two channels, one for himself and other with his family. He is also very popular on Instagram. All of the success he’s had on social media helped him get even bigger opportunities. In 2019, he appeared on several episodes of the popular sketch comedy series, Wild ‘N Out. With millions of eyes already on the talented young star, the possibilities

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Funny Mike
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Kid Mero

10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Kid Mero
For almost a decade now, The Kid Mero has been a fixture on the pop culture scene. If you want to know what’s up, Mero is definitely your guy. From social media, to TV, to podcasts, you’ve probably seen or heard him somewhere. He and his partner Desus are best-known for their TV show Desus & Mero as well as appearing on other popular shows such as Guy Code and Wild ‘N Out. He’s even got the chance to do a little big of acting along the way. No matter what Mero is doing, you know that he’s going to

10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Kid Mero
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MTV and Nick Cannon Inch Closer to ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Revival

  • Variety
MTV and Nick Cannon Inch Closer to ‘Wild ‘N Out’ Revival
MTV lost one of its most durable franchises in July when the host of “Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out” host and producer was embroiled in controversy over anti-Semitic he remarks made on an unrelated podcast.

But the show may not be down for the count too long. Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS’ Entertainment and Youth Group which includes MTV, was the architect of reviving the improv comedy competition series once before on MTV2. In 2016, when he took on MTV, “Wild ‘N Out” moved back on to MTV where it had blossomed as a digital hit and a live event franchise — until Cannon’s comments torpedoed that momentum.

ViacomCBS was quick to sever ties with Cannon after he asserted on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast that Black people are “the true Hebrews” and made other offensive comments. Cannon, the host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” has apologized and acknowledged the significance of his mistake.
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Nick Cannon Resumes Syndicated Radio Show, Prepares Power 106 Return

  • Variety
Nick Cannon Resumes Syndicated Radio Show, Prepares Power 106 Return
Nick Cannon quietly returned to hosting his syndicated “Nick Cannon Radio” program on Tuesday, nearly two months after he was forced to step away amid a controversy over anti-Semitic comments that spurred him to apologize.

Cannon returned to the microphone on the five-hour daily talk show, which is syndicated by Skyview Networks and Meruelo Media, the parent company of Los Angeles’ Power 106 station. Cannon is expected to resume his morning berth on Power 106 (which is separate from the syndicated program) within a few weeks, a source close to the situation said.

Cannon opened Tuesday’s show by thanking fans for reaching out during his seven-week break. The host of “Masked Singer” and creator-star of MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out” franchise fueled outrage in late June after an airing of his podcast “Cannon’s Class,” which featured former Public Enemy member Professor Griff. At one point in the episode, Cannon said
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Nick Cannon’s Engagement With Jewish Leaders Opens Door for Reconciliation With ViacomCBS E&y Group (Exclusive)

Nick Cannon’s Engagement With Jewish Leaders Opens Door for Reconciliation With ViacomCBS E&y Group (Exclusive)
ViacomCBS has opened the door to working again with Nick Cannon, more than a month after the company severed ties with him over anti-Semitic comments the multi-hyphenate made on his podcast.

Speaking at a town hall with employees Monday, Chris McCarthy, president of entertainment and youth brands at ViacomCBS, praised work that Canon claims to have done to make amends for his comments and gain a better understanding of why they were offensive. McCarthy described himself as “hopeful” that the company and Cannon would find a way to rebuild their partnership.

A ViacomCBS source told Variety that McCarthy and Cannon have spoken in recent weeks, but added that there is no plan right now for Cannon to work with the company again. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment.

“I struggle with the fact that Nick, a longtime partner and friend of ours, is on this journey and we
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Nick Cannon’s Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Delayed Following Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon’s Syndicated Daytime Talk Show Delayed Following Anti-Semitic Comments
The premiere of Nick Cannon’s upcoming nationally syndicated daytime talk show has been pushed following criticism over anti-Semitic remarks that he made on a June episode of his podcast.

Titled “Nick Cannon,” the talker was ordered last fall and set to launch Sept. 21. Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, which is the producer and distributor of Cannon’s show, says it’s “standing by Nick” and hopes to premiere the series in Fall 2021.

“The ‘Nick Cannon’ talk show will not debut this year,” Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury said in a statement Friday. “After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt and sincere. 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.”

Also Read: Nick Cannon to Remain Fox's
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Nick Cannon Syndicated Talk Show Pushed Following His Anti-Semitic Comments; Lionsgate Stands By Comedian

Nick Cannon Syndicated Talk Show Pushed Following His Anti-Semitic Comments; Lionsgate Stands By Comedian
Nick Cannon, a new daytime syndicated talk show, which had been set for an Oct. 5 national launch, will not debut this year. I hear production has shut down on the talker in the latest fallout from the anti-Semitic remarks the actor-comedian recently made on his podcast.

“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 & unite his audience on the Nick Cannon talk show,” the companies behind the show, Lionsgate and its division Debmar-Mercury, said in a statement, in which they condemned anti-Semitism and racism. Here is the full statement:

The Nick Cannon Talk Show will not debut this year. After conversations with Nick, we do believe that his public comments don’t reflect his true feelings and his apology is heartfelt & sincere. We want to continue the healing process as he meets with
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Nick Cannon to Take Break From Radio Show for ‘Reflection and Education’

Nick Cannon to Take Break From Radio Show for ‘Reflection and Education’
Nick Cannon has announced a decision to “take some time away” from his morning radio show in order to focus on “thorough reflection and education” following anti-Semitic comments made on his podcast.

“Morning radio family. I have decided to take some time away from my radio show so I can commit myself to deeper, more thorough reflection and education,” Cannon, who has been hosting “Nick Cannon Morning” on Kpwr-fm Power 106 since June 2019, said in a tweet Thursday.

Also Read: Nick Cannon to Remain Fox's 'Masked Singer' Host After His Apology for Anti-Semitic Comments

The decision comes two days after ViacomCBS cut ties with the “Wild ‘N Out” host over comments he made on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast, which the company said “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

Early Wednesday, Cannon responded to the firing in a lengthy Facebook post in which he demanded “full ownership” of
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Nick Cannon to Keep ‘Masked Singer’ Job, Apologizes Again for Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon to Keep ‘Masked Singer’ Job, Apologizes Again for Anti-Semitic Comments
Wednesday night, Nick Cannon issued another apology over anti-Semitic comments he made during a recent podcast. Around that time, Fox also announced that Cannon would keep his job hosting The Masked Singer.

On a June 30th episode of his podcast, Cannon’s Class, Cannon referenced anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including long-held claims about the Rothschild banking family. The comments came during an interview with Richard Griffin, better known as Professor Griff, a former member of Public Enemy who was fired from the group in the Eighties after also making derogatory comments about Jews.
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Nick Cannon To Remain As Host Of Fox’s ‘The Masked Singer’ After He Apologizes Over Anti-Semitic Comments

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Nick Cannon To Remain As Host Of Fox’s ‘The Masked Singer’ After He Apologizes Over Anti-Semitic Comments
Nick Cannon will continue in his role as host of Fox’s The Masked Singer, one of the most high-profile hosting jobs in broadcast TV, after he issued a lengthy apology over controversial comments he had made recently on his podcast, saying that he feels “ashamed of the uninformed and naïve place that these words came from.”

In light of the apology, Fox is standing by the host.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” Fox said in a statement Wednesday night. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue,
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Nick Cannon to Remain Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Host After His Apology for Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon to Remain Fox’s ‘Masked Singer’ Host After His Apology for Anti-Semitic Comments
Fox is sticking by “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon following his Wednesday night apology for anti-Semitic comments made during a recent episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast.

“When we were made aware of Nick Cannon’s interview with Richard Griffin on YouTube, we immediately began a dialogue with Nick,” Fox said in a statement. “He is clear and remorseful that his words were wrong and lacked both understanding and context, and inadvertently promoted hate. This was important for us to observe. Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends. On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly. Fox condemns all forms of hate directed toward any community and we will combat bigotry of any kind.”

The podcast episode in question featured an interview
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Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments: ‘I Feel Ashamed’

Nick Cannon Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comments: ‘I Feel Ashamed’
Nick Cannon has issued an apology following criticism over anti-Semitic comments he made during a recent episode of his podcast.

“First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth during my interview with Richard Griffin,” Cannon began a Twitter thread Wednesday night.

He continued: “They 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. The video of this interview has since been removed.”

Also Read: Nick Cannon Demands 'Full Ownership' of 'Wild 'N Out,' an Apology From ViacomCBS

“While the Jewish experience encompasses more than 5,000 years and there is so much I have yet to learn, I have had at least a minor history lesson over the past few days and to
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Nick Cannon Gets Dropped by ViacomCBS After Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon Gets Dropped by ViacomCBS After Anti-Semitic Comments
Nick Cannon has been dropped by ViacomCBS and is demanding full ownership of his Wild 'N Out. The network decided to part ways with Cannon after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast. On the podcast, which was posted on June 30th, Cannon said Black people are the "true Hebrews" and then went on to talk about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories with former Public Enemy member Professor Griff, who was fired from the hip hop group after making anti-Semitic remarks.

When ViacomCBS first made their statement about letting Nick Cannon go, the TV personality held himself "accountable" for his actions. He then said, "My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let's embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!" ViacomCBS had this to say in their statement.

"ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism.
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Before Anti-Semitic Comments, Nick Cannon Decried ‘Cancel Culture’

Before Anti-Semitic Comments, Nick Cannon Decried ‘Cancel Culture’
Last month, during a panel about reality television for Variety‘s Virtual TV Festival, Nick Cannon decried the “cancel culture” that has seemingly now come for him. In response to a question about whether the firings of “Vanderpump Rules” cast members over their past racist actions was something that reality producers now see as a cautionary tale, Cannon said he has often “had to come to the rescue of quite a few” of his “Wild ‘N Out” cast.

But on Tuesday night, Cannon faced a reckoning of his own, when ViacomCBS — with whom he’s had a professional relationship since he was a teenager on “All That” in the late ’90s — severed its ties with him. The company did so after anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories he’d made on the June 30 episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class” went viral. Cannon’s guest on the podcast was Professor Griff,
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Sean Combs Tweets Job Offer To Nick Cannon After Ouster From ViacomCBS Over Anti-Semitic Podcast – Update

Sean Combs Tweets Job Offer To Nick Cannon After Ouster From ViacomCBS Over Anti-Semitic Podcast – Update
Update, with Diddy Tweet Nick Cannon, the actor and TV host fired by ViacomCBS on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic comments on a podcast, is demanding ownership of his MTV and VH1 series Wild ‘N Out, alleging, in part, that the company “swindled” the show away from him.

In a nearly 1,500-word Facebook message posted this morning, Cannon writes, “I created a billion-dollar brand that expanded across a multitiered empire that is still Viacom’s biggest digital brand, touring business, talent discovery and incubation system and successful restaurant franchise. Based on trust and empty promises, my ownership was swindled away from me. For Viacom to be so deceptive is no surprise; they have been mistreating and robbing our community for years, underpaying talent on their biggest brands like Love & Hip Hop, all of BET programming and of course, Wild ‘N Out.”

Cannon’s firing followed his comments on a recent episode
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Nick Cannon Fired By ViacomCBS For Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon Fired By ViacomCBS For Anti-Semitic Comments
Actor, comedian, musician and TV host Nick Cannon has been fired by ViacomCBS after an episode of his podcast Cannon’s Class “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

He had hosted former Public Enemy member Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin (who was fired from the group in 1989 for anti-Semitism) for an interview that was released on June 30th and during a discussion of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Cannon said:

“When you see a person that has a lack of pigment, a lack of melanin, they fear that they will be annihilated. So, therefore, however they got the power, they had a lack of compassion. Melanin comes with compassion, melanin comes with soul. We call it soul. You know soul brothers and sisters. That’s the melanin that connects us. So the people that don’t have it, and I’m going to say this carefully, are a little less.
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CBS and NAACP Team Up to Create TV Projects on the Black Experience

CBS and NAACP Team Up to Create TV Projects on the Black Experience
CBS and the NAACP have struck up a multi-year partnership to develop and produce scripted, unscripted and documentary TV projects highlighting the Black experience for broadcast, cable and streaming.

As part of the pact, creative leaders from CBS Television Studios will work with the civil rights organization to establish a team of executives and infrastructure to acquire, develop and produce the new programming. It also includes a commitment to developing content for CBS Television Network, and allows for programming to be sold to third-party platforms.

The goal is to expand the number of diverse voices who will, in turn, tell more inclusive stories, in order to increase the visibility of Black artists across the industry.

Also Read: Nick Cannon Demands 'Full Ownership' of 'Wild 'N Out,' an Apology From ViacomCBS

“In this moment of national awakening, the time has never been better to further tell stories of the African American experience,
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Nick Cannon Demands Apology From ViacomCBS, Ownership of Wild 'N Out Franchise After Firing

Nick Cannon Demands Apology From ViacomCBS, Ownership of Wild 'N Out Franchise After Firing
Nick Cannon is demanding an apology from ViacomCBS — as well as full ownership of the “billion-dollar” Wild ‘N Out brand — after being fired by the conglomerate for, in ViacomCBS’ words, promoting “hateful speech” and “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” on his podcast.

Cannon, who also hosts Fox’s Masked Singer, was let go by ViacomCBS on Tuesday, just days after an episode of the Cannon’s Class podcast went viral for alluding to several prominent anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Explaining the decision, a rep for ViacomCBS said in part, “We have spoken to Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast… which promoted
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Nick Cannon Demands ‘Full Ownership’ of ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ an Apology From ViacomCBS

  • The Wrap
Nick Cannon Demands ‘Full Ownership’ of ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ an Apology From ViacomCBS
Fired ViacomCBS personality Nick Cannon is demanding “full ownership” of “Wild ‘N Out,” which he referred to as a “billion dollar” brand. He also wants an apology.

Cannon, who was let go on Tuesday for a “Cannon’s Class” podcast episode that ViacomCBS said “promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” pushed back in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday.

Cannon said he reached out to Shari Redstone, who controls ViacomCBS through her National Amusements, Inc. company, “to have a conversation of reconciliation and actually apologize if I said anything that pained or hurt her or her community.”

Also Read: ViacomCBS Fires Nick Cannon After Podcast 'Perpetuating Anti-Semitism'

He said he received “dead silence” in return. “That’s when I realized they don’t want a conversation or growth, they wanted to put the young negro in his place,” Cannon wrote.

“It is absolutely untrue that Nick Cannon reached
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