Well, that’s one way to quit your job.
On Monday, Nick Cannon took to social media to announce that he was bowing out of his gig as the host of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent after he learned network executives were considering firing him over a racial joke he told during his Showtime comedy special Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.
“I write this from a deeply saddened and dolorous mindset. After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke,” he began in a post on Facebook (and Instagram).
“This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my ‘team’ that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.”
Cannon went on to say that he had been warned that something like this might happen.