MTV misplaced one in every of its most sturdy 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.
However the present will not be down for the depend too lengthy. Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS’ Leisure and Youth Group which incorporates MTV, was the architect of reviving the improv comedy competitors collection as soon as earlier than on MTV2. In 2016, when he took on MTV, “Wild ‘N Out” moved again on to MTV the place it had blossomed as a digital hit and a reside occasion franchise — till Cannon’s feedback torpedoed that momentum.
ViacomCBS was fast to sever ties with Cannon after he asserted on his “Cannon’s Class” podcast that Black individuals are “the true Hebrews” and made different offensive feedback. Cannon, the host of Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” has apologized and acknowledged the importance of his mistake. He’s been on a public listening tour with distinguished rabbis and different Jewish leaders to achieve deeper understanding of historical past and why his feedback had been each improper and hurtful.
McCarthy wouldn’t touch upon whether or not “Wild ‘N Out” might be again on MTV’s air anytime quickly. However the two camps have undoubtedly been in shut contact because the break in July.
“We proceed to observe Nick’s journey and I’m impressed by how he’s owned his errors,” McCarthy advised Selection. “He’s been an prolonged a part of our household for nearly 20 years and a private buddy of mine for nearly half that. He’s main by instance, apologized and making an attempt to study to perceive and assist others do the identical. That’s the form of associate we wish to work with.”
Throughout his earlier tenure as head of MTV2, McCarthy demonstrated his religion in Cannon and the “Wild ‘N Out” franchise, which started on MTV in 2005. The present went dormant, however over time McCarthy labored with Cannon and Michael Goldman, the comic’s producing associate and supervisor, for greater than a yr to downscale the finances to make the present inexpensive for MTV2.
“He believed within the present and noticed it engaged on MTV2,” Goldman says. “Chris actually has a capability to perceive youth tradition and how viewing habits are so completely different today. He noticed ‘Wild ’N Out’ and noticed the potential for these brief clips to turn out to be viral content material.”
McCarthy’s historical past with Cannon made it that a lot tougher to unexpectedly finish the connection amid the storm of controversy that additionally value Cannon his deliberate syndicated daytime speak present launch with Debmar Mercury, no less than for this.
However the private relationship was not severed. McCarthy has stored in contact and a raprochmaont seems to be promising now that Cannon has acknowledged his hurtful mistake and launched into a public training effort with distinguished rabbis and Jewish leaders.
“Chris is aware of who Nick is as an individual,” Goldman says. “I belief him to get us there.”