Yesterday (Feb. 13), Nick Cannon announced that he wasn’t returning as a host on “America’s Got Talent” after NBC attempted to “silence” him when he said a racial joke on his stand-up comedy show. Now, the network is clapping back.

“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,” Cannon wrote on Facebook. “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.”

He added: “Not to get too detailed but this isn’t the first time executives have attempted to ‘put me in my place’ for so called unruly actions. I will not stand for it…Now for the rug to be pulled from underneath me and to be publicly reprimanded and ridiculed over a joke about my own race is completely wrong.”

According to Page Six, execs at NBC were shocked when they caught wind of this message. They said that NBC never threatened to terminate Cannon. The network also said that if the star doesn’t want any legal issues with them, he has to return to the show per his contract.

“But network insiders denied to Page Six that NBC threatened to fire Cannon, and added that since he has a contract, he would likely run into legal problems if he tried to follow through with his Facebook threat,” Page Six reports. “Sources also said that network bigs have been trying to contact Cannon, to no avail.”

Let’s see how this story continues to unfold.