Gabrielle Union Reportedly Expressed Concern Over 'Toxic Culture' at ‘America's Got Talent'
A new report alleges Union's departure from the show came after she made several complaints to NBC execs.According to a report by Variety, Union and Hough were shooting an interstitial segment with guest judge Jay Leno back in April, on the production lot, when the former late night talk show host allegedly made a racially insensitive joke.
Women 's advocacy group Time ' s Up and several women in Hollywood have shown support for Gabrielle Union after the actress was let go from her position as a judge Time ' s Up and Actresses Show Support for Gabrielle Union After ' America ' s Got Talent ' Exit. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.
" America ’ s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show ," the companies told Yahoo Entertainment Tuesday. "The judging and host line- up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’ s enduring
Womens’ advocacy group Time’s Up and numerous top stars are sending messages of support to, following accounts of a toxic culture on the set of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” from which she was dismissed last week.
The outpour comes on the heels of an exclusive report from Variety that Unionto the show after her first year as a judge, and a subsequent report about she made regarding insensitivities to minorities throughout the past season.
Time’s Up, a legal defense fund and equity organization formed in wake of the #MeToo movement,Union for “speaking up for what’s right.”
Gabrielle Union speaks out amid America's Got Talent leave: 'So much gratitude'
Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade respond to America's Got Talent exit“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU!” Union tweeted, breaking her silence on the matter Wednesday night. “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.
The former America ' s Got Talent judge took to Twitter on Wednesday night to share a special message with her followers, days after it was Among the alleged incidents that occurred during Union ' s time on the show was an act that she found racially insensitive during the audition rounds.
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Oscar-winner Patricia Arquettethe incidents uncovered in reports “terrible,:” saying the host “should not be penalized for trying to have a workplace that honors the rule of law in the workplace.” Arquette also called on actors union SAG-AFTRA to intervene.
Union has been a SAG-AFTRA member for decades. In addition to toxicity issues reported by Variety, adetailed a months-long struggle Union had with Cowell over his indoor cigarette smoking, which is against California law. Union is reportedly allergic to cigarette smoke and escalated the problem to the production fire marshal. Representatives for SAG-AFTRA did not immediately return Variety‘s request for comment on Arquette’s tweet.
Howard Stern Calls 'AGT' the 'Ultimate Boys Club,' Blames Simon Cowell for Gabrielle Union Ouster
Former "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern suggested on his radio show on Monday that Simon Cowell may have had a hand in orchestrating the exits of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough from the NBC competition show. "He sets it up that the men stay," Stern said on his SiriusXM show. "No matter how ugly [the men] are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are." "What he manages to do on all his shows is he constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks," he continued.
" America ’ s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show ," the companies told Yahoo Entertainment. "The judging and host line- up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’ s enduring popularity.
Gabrielle Union was recently axed from her role as a judge on America ' s Got Talent after reporting a racist comment made by guest judge Jay Leno. The actress has since received an outpouring of support from fans and other women in the industry.
Ellen Pompeo, star of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” sent out scathing tweets that alluded to larger cultural issues at NBC.
“It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture,” Pompeo, adding that she supports Union’s “commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage.”
Pompeo admitted that “Grey’s Anatomy” has had its share of on-set turmoil over the years, but “exec producers and the NETWORK @abc cared enough to help us make change – support is crucial.”
Notably, Pompeothat “workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it’s okay.”
Jay Leno Breaks Silence on Gabrielle Union's AGT Firing After Allegedly Objecting to His Joke
Jay Leno Calls Gabrielle Union a 'Great Girl' amid AGT DramaThe comedian spoke out about Union’s grievances with America’s Got Talent after her controversial departure, which reportedly involved her being offended about a joke he made.
Gabrielle Union is speaking out for the first time since news broke about her controversial firing on America ' s Got Talent . Union ' s fans of various ethnic backgrounds praised the star for standing up against the alleged racial insensitivity on the show . "It really meant a lot to have a black woman stand
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Union herself spoke out on Wednesday night. “So many tears, so much gratitude. Thank you! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground,” Unionin response to the words of support. “Humbled and thankful, forever.”
Among the incidents Variety reported on, citing multiple sources with close knowledge of the series, was an offensive on-camera joke told by guest star Jay Leno that Union asked to be escalated to NBC human resources. Widely seen by people present as insensitive to Asian communities, many of the sources Variety spoke with said the matter went unreported. Union was also given constant notes that her rotating hairstyles were “too black” for the competition series’ audience, four people with knowledge of the critique told Variety.
Read the full report about Union and “AGT”.
Also watch: 'So many tears!' Gabrielle Union breaks her silence after 'AGT' drama (via Us Weekly):
Sofia Vergara meets with NBC about vacant 'AGT' seat: Report .
NBC reportedly wants to speak to Sofia Vergara about multiple projects, including 'AGT.'TMZ said the actress met with "AGT" brass on Wednesday for two hours, but the meeting also included some of NBC's top decision makers. The report indicated that "AGT" was "top of mind," but noted that the network sees Sofia as a "global star" and wanted to meet with her about several other potential concepts, including a Spanish language project.