Nick Cannon announces he's leaving 'America's Got Talent' after threats of firing

Nick Cannon announced on Monday morning that he will no longer be host of "America's Got Talent" after NBC executives threatened to fire him over a joke he told in his Showtime comedy special.

The 36-year-old actor revealed the bombshell news on social media:

"After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke," he wrote on Instagram and Facebook. "This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my "team" that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment."

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WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 14: TV personality Nick Cannon arrives at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2016 at the UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Actor and rapper Nick Cannon arrives at the premiere of Amazon Studios' 'Gleason' at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on July 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Actor Nick Cannon attends the CFDA x Cadillac opening night party during New York Fashion Week: Men's Spring/Summer 2017 at Cadillac House on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Music artist Nick Cannon and Radio DJ J. Cruz attends Make A Wish VIP Experience At BET Experience on June 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: TV personality Nick Cannon poses during MTV Wild N Out live show during the 2016 BET Experience on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Nick Cannon is seen on June 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Wilbur/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Philanthropist Nick Cannon attends Russell Simmons' All Def Digital hosts Town Hall at The Montalban Theater on June 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: AJ Calloway (R) interviews Nick Cannon during his visit to 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on June 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Nick Cannon and Heidi the dog from Hero Tails attend the AOL Build Speaker Series-Nick Cannon, 'America's Got Talent' at AOL Studios In New York on June 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 07: Comedian and television personality Nick Cannon performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'CBS Radford Auditions' -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Nick Cannon, Ne-Yo, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, April 1, 2016 -- Pictured: Nick Cannon of 'America's Got Talent' poses for a portrait during the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel on April 1, 2016 in Westlake Village, California. (Photo by: Mike Windle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Nick Cannon (L) and Amber Grimes visit 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'LA Auditions - Red Carpet' -- Pictured: Nick Cannon -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Nick Cannon attends the Ebony Magazine And Apple Celebrate Black Hollywood party at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Nick Cannon attends the All Def Movie Awards at Lure Nightclub on February 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Oprah Winfrey (L) and recording artist Nick Cannon attend the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 25, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for ESSENCE)
SQUAWK BOX -- Pictured: Nick Cannon, CCO of Radio Shack, in an interview on February 23, 2016 -- (Photo by: David Orrell/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Radioshack Chief Creative Officer Nick Cannon launches the Ncredible product line at the Harlem Radioshack on February 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Rapper Nick Cannon attends as Jason Binn of DuJour celebrates January cover star Nick Cannon with Elite Daily, Related Rentals, Invicta and Philipp Plein at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown on February 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for DuJour)
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He ended his lengthy post by giving more context on his decision to leave.

"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. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity. I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices."

TMZ reported late last week that Mariah Carey's ex almost got ousted from the network over the joke. He walked away scot-free after executives decided to let it slide. Cleary that pissed Nick off -- he told Howard Stern last week that he'd sue if they ever fired him over a joke.

His comedy special, "Stand Up, Don't Shoot," premiered on February 10 and takes on race and other controversial topics.

NBC has yet to comment on Cannon's bombshell announcement.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon attend MTV First: Mariah Carey's 'You're Mine (Eternal)' music video world premiere at MTV Studios on February 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon (R) arrive at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Nick Cannon (L) and Mariah Carey attend Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' New York premiere, hosted by TWC, DeLeon Tequila and Samsung Galaxy on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: TeenNick Chairman and HALO Awards host Nick Cannon and singer Mariah Carey attend Nickelodeon's 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. The show premieres on Monday, November 19th, 8:00p.m. (ET) on Nick at Nite. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Mariah Carey leaves the Beacon Theater on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Mariah Carey (L) and actor Jussie Smollett attend the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala 2015 at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Singer Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Singer Mariah Carey performs live during her 2014 China Tour on October 19, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - AUGUST 26: Mariah Carey sighting on August 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Singer Mariah Carey and actor Dwayne Johnson attend the after party for the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Hercules' at the Roosevelt Hotel on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - JUNE 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Mariah Carey performs during Clear Channel Media And Entertainment And MediaLink Dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on June 17, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Singer Mariah Carey announces the launch of her Go N'Syde bottle 'Butterfly' at the Saint Regis Hotel on June 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Singer Mariah Carey attends the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Honoring Our American Hero at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
Mariah Carey performs during the World Music Awards at Monte Carlo Sporting Club, on May 27, 2014 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mariah Carey appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Mariah Carey attends Mishka B's Epic Bat Mitzvah at 1OAK on May 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stella Bulochnikov (L) and Mariah Carey attend Mishka B's Epic Bat Mitzvah at 1OAK on May 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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