Nick Cannon refuses to apologize for language during N.J. university appearance

Friday, 06 October 2017, 06:42:34 AM. Former host of 'America's Got Talent' rejected a call by Georgian Court University to apologize for the nature of his comedy routine there Saturday.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Comedian and television host Nick Cannon says — to his more than 5 million Twitter fans — that he won't apologize after an appearance at a Georgian Court University event school officials now call a "profound disappointment" over his offensive language.

Cannon, a musician and former host of the television show America's Got Talent, performed at The Strand theater on Saturday during the Catholic university's reunion and homecoming weekend. 

While some students posted on social media about the show's success, it drew concern from University President Joseph R. Marbach in the form of a letter to staff and students. 

The letter, which Cannon shared on Twitter on Tuesday and was authenticated by a university spokeswoman, reads in part:

"Mr. Cannon blatantly disregarded the terms of our contract, and much of his act ran counter to what we stand for at GCU.

"While comedy often explores serious social issues in ways that are fun and thought-provoking, Mr. Cannon's act crossed the line. His words were offensive and do not represent our Mercy core values. For that, we are deeply sorry, and the university has demanded an official apology from the artist and his representatives."

Cannon responded on the social media platform — see his quip in the video at the top of this story. He said he would not apologize "LOL."

"I'm sorry your university doesn't believe in freedom of speech!!!" he tweeted Tuesday.

In a statement, Marbach said because the weekend was expected to draw older alumni — and because it is a Catholic university — Cannon was asked to "avoid vulgarity and explicit sexual content in his performance."

"Unfortunately, he repeatedly chose to ignore this request," Marbach said in the statement. "Throughout his career, Mr. Cannon has appealed to a variety audiences on Nickelodeon, MTV, and NBC as well as Showtime. We planned on and trusted we were getting the NBC or MTV version of Mr. Cannon. We did not. That was unfortunate."

University spokeswoman Gail Towns declined to say how much Cannon was paid for the show.

It's not the first time the 36-year-old comedian's jokes have prompted controversy. Earlier this year, he left America's Got Talent saying he was threatened with punishment for making a racial joke about NBC, the show's network.

Stacey Barchenger: sbarchenger@app.com; @sbarchenger; 732-643-4245

 

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