While talking about his own past transgressions, Nick Cannon has also been reflecting on the mistakes of others. He says that he believes that Kanye West might need some help. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, Cannon reflected on the time he called white and Jewish people “the true savages” in 2020. The incident happened during his interview with Professor Griff on an episode of his Cannon’s Class podcast. Like West, Cannon immediately received backlash for his anti-Semitic remarks, including ViacomCBS firing the television personality.
Three years later, Cannon has worked on changing his perception in the public eye. He apologized to the Jewish community after the incident. Additionally, he’s been working alongside Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
“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,” The Masked Singer host tweeted at the time.
“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education—I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning, and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” he said in part.
When asked about Ye, who had come under fire in 2022 for his own anti-Semitic remarks, Cannon said that he tried to reach out to the musician.
“Kanye is saying some wild s—, and I don’t know if he really believes it,” he said. “I tried to talk to him. I tried to put him with leaders in the Jewish community. I think it’s a lot more there. I just know he’s in desperate need of help and love and people to not abandon him.”
Kanye has since apologized to the Jewish community in an interview in October 2022. Ye expressed regret for his hateful remarks to the Jewish community.
“I will say I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the ‘Death Con,'” he said, regarding a tweet where he threatened to go “death con three” against the Jewish people (he likely meant “defcon three”). “I feel like I caused hurt and confusion and I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I’d been through. And I used my platform where you say, ‘Hurt people, hurt people.’ And I was hurt.”