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Nick Cannon said he's leaving 'America's Got Talent'


Nick Cannon announced Monday that he's leaving NBC's "America's Got Talent." 

On his Facebook page, the comedian said he decided to leave his position after being "threatened with termination by executives" because of a racial joke he made about NBC on his Showtime comedy special.

"I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn't have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property," he wrote. 

Cannon alleged in the post that members of his team told him NBC executives believed he was in breach of contract because he "disparaged their brand." 

He didn't say which joke from the Showtime special "Stand Up, Don't Shoot" NBC was upset with. 

CNN reports that during the special Cannon addressed three white audience members and apologized that the show wasn't going to be like what everyone sees from him on "America's Got Talent." 

I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.
Nick Cannon

He also reportedly replaced the N in NBC with the N-word and joked that hosting that show hurt his credibility in the black community. 

Cannon alleged that this isn't the first time NBC executives have tried to put him in his place for "unruly actions." 


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