Can 'America's Got Talent' Host Nick Cannon Avoid an NBC Legal Fight?

February 15, 2017Media Mention
The Hollywood Reporter

Just weeks before season 12 of America's Got Talent begins production, longtime host Nick Cannon is vowing to leave the series because of the fallout from racially charged jokes he told during a recent Showtime stand-up special. But entertainment attorneys say the resolution to his dust-up with NBC will be much less attention-grabbing than the headlines suggest.

But now that Cannon feels restrained, there may not be anything the network could do to convince him to stay. After all, when signing contracts that contain non-disparagement clauses, the talent waives his or her right to free speech in that context.

Greenberg Glusker dealmaker Alla Savranskaia says comedians are considered more high-risk than other talent — because their jobs require mocking people, places and things — and the non-disparagement clauses are becoming harsher. "It seems to me, personally, a little bit ridiculous," she says. "They’re comedians. People should be able to take a joke."

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