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Nick Cannon Celebrates Cancellation Of Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Toxic' 'Red Table Talk' Series

The TV host got some pushback on his radio show after he claimed the infamous Oscars slap would never have happened if the Facebook Watch series didn't exist.

Nick Cannon; Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
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Nick Cannon claimed the "toxic" discussions on Jada Pinkett Smith’s recengly canceled Red Table Talk series were ultimately responsible for the show's demise.

Last month, Meta Platforms announced the cancellation of several Facebook Watch shows–including Red Table Talk, which featured Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow and Jada's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

On a recent episode of Cannon's Daily Cannon Show radio program, the comedian declared:

“If there was no ‘Red Table Talk,’ then he wouldn’t have slapped the sh*t out of Chris Rock."

Cannon, of course, was referring to the cringey incident where Will Smith smacked Chris Rock in front of Hollywood peers at last year's 94th Academy Awards.

Smith's assault was in response to Rock making a shaved head joke at the expense of Smith's wife, Jada, who was struggling with the hair-loss condition, alopecia.

When Cannon's ex Abby De La Rosa asked if Cannon was "just talking about that situation," the comedian replied:

"I'm talking about that toxic table."

You can watch Cannon's hot take here.

The ladies on Red Table Talk often covered intimate details about relevant controversies and topical issues including polyamory, gun violence and drug addiction.

When De La Rosa and moderator Courtney Bee clarified the canceled Emmy-winning series was "honest," Cannon said:

"Too much honesty can get your a** slapped in the face. We've seen this."

Will Smith made repeated emotional appearances on Red Table Talk in the past–most notably in a 2020 episode during which Jada openly discussed her romantic "entanglement" with another man during a period of separation while she was still married to Will.

De La Rosa commented:

"Well, a good slap is what people need sometimes."

But Cannon maintained "That table was toxic," adding:

"They made all them memes about my brother Will on that damn table. They didn't need to do that."

The actor and The Masked Singer host added some things were better left off the table when it came to celebrity private matters.

“That was royalty, Will and Jada," he said. "Then they brought it to the table.”

“I don’t want to know all this sh*t about y’all.”

Many agreed with Cannon.






Some, however, called out Cannon's own relationship history.



De La Rosa argued Will and Jada were "human," relatable and they were also "trash, just like all of us."

Cannon countered:

“I just want to mind my Black-owned business. I don’t want to be up in everybody else’s kitchen."
"Keep that sh*t to y’all selves.”

A strong majority continued defending Cannon's opinion.






Jada told ET Online one of the purposes of the show was:

"For people to live in their humanity and not be shamed for it."
"And have an opportunity to heal, opportunity to make amends, an opportunity to share knowledge that they've gained from a difficult experience that we can all learn from, you know."
"So, I love the [episodes] that hold people up in that way."

Red Table Talk's producers Westbrook Studios said they were in the process of looking for another home for the series.