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Entertainment 'We're with you': Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo show support for Gabrielle Union amid 'AGT' exit

13:40  29 november  2019
13:40  29 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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' We ' re with you ': Ariana Grande , Ellen Pompeo show support for Gabrielle Union amid ' AGT ' exit . Hannah Yasharoff. Reports emerged earlier this week that Union and her fellow judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year.

Stars are offering their support to Gabrielle Union following her exit from America's Got Talent. It was revealed last week that Union and Julianne Hough would not be Ellen Pompeo took to Twitter on Thursday to weigh in on the situation, rallying around Union and encouraging others to do the same.

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Stars like Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette are emerging to support Gabrielle Union after the "America's Got Talent" judge exited the reality singing competition, reportedly amid a "toxic culture" on set. 

Reports emerged earlier this week that Union and her fellow judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year.

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Stars like Ariana Grande , Ellen Pompeo and Patricia Arquette are emerging to support Gabrielle Union after the "America's Got Talent" judge exited the reality singing competition, reportedly amid a "toxic culture" on set. Reports emerged earlier this week that Union and her fellow judge Julianne.

Ellen Pompeo , Gabrielle Union Getty Images. Union , 47, and fellow judge Julianne Hough exited “America’s Got Talent” last week. Union is said to have addressed racially insensitive incidents with producers, according to Variety. “If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do.

Variety reports that a culture of toxic, racist jokes and "excessive notes" about physical appearance were pervasive before the two freshman judges' contracts were not renewed. USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Hough and Union for comment.

“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show," NBC and production company Fremantle said in a joint statement to USA TODAY. "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. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.” 

In her first tweet since news broke of her and Hough's exit, Union did not address the controversy directly, but she thanked fans for support.

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Ellen Pompeo Applauds Gabrielle Union 's ''Courage'' Amid America's Got Talent Scandal. Pompeo continued, "This is a teaching moment.. It's important..white girls I'm talking to you ..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines.

Ellen Pompeo is publicly supporting Gabrielle Union in the wake of her America’s Got Talent firing. A day after Union , 47 “This is a teaching moment..It’s important..white girls I’m talking to you ..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines.

"So many tears, so much gratitude," she tweeted Wednesday night. "THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever."

Since then, other stars have spoken out in support of the ousted "AGT" judges. Patricia Arquette responded to Union's tweet, calling the situation "terrible." 

"You should not be penalized for trying to have a workplace that honors the rule of law in the workplace," she wrote. 

Ellen Pompeo, star of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," slammed NBC for "(protecting) disgusting men like Matt Lauer and (punishing) women for speaking out or not putting up with it." 

"It's unfortunate that NBC... has not changed their practices or culture," she added. "I support (Union's) commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage." 

"This is a teaching moment..It’s important..white girls I’m talking to you..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines. Don’t cut side deals & don’t not get involved because it isn’t your issue..because it is," Pompeo continued. "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."

Fellow NBC star Debra Messing added her support for Union on Thursday, retweeting Pompeo and adding her own criticism of the network to the thread. 

"This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades," the "Will & Grace" star said. "Yes, women become 'difficult,' when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored."

"Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved," Messing continued. "It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed. Being 'hands off,' is inexcusable and reflects a laissez faire attitude toward systemic racism and sexism."

Ariana Grande also chimed in, quote tweeting Pompeo and thanking her for speaking up. 

"Be better @nbc," Grande added. "We're with you @itsgabrielleu." 

Time's Up, the initiative founded by Hollywood women in 2017 dedicated to confronting abuse of power and promoting workplace equality, thanked Union "for speaking up for what's right." 

"Team @itsgabrielleu, always," tweeted Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Union's husband, basketball star Wade, responded to the news Wednesday in a series of tweets praising Union's for her time on the show. 

Debra Messing Slams NBC for Alleged 'Disgusting Behavior' After Gabrielle Union's AGT Firing

  Debra Messing Slams NBC for Alleged 'Disgusting Behavior' After Gabrielle Union's AGT Firing Debra Messing Slams NBC After Gabrielle Union's AGT FiringShortly after the Grey’s Anatomy star spoke out following Union’s recent and controversial departure from the NBC reality competition series after only one season, the Will and Grace star criticized the network in a group of scathing tweets.

Yet Gabrielle Union revealed that she was still feeling grateful on Thanksgiving as she thanked her Heartfelt thanks: Gabrielle reached out to her followers to thank them for their love and support “As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on # AGT — I am even more proud of her standing

Gabrielle Union is feeling “grateful” following her America’s Got Talent firing. On Thursday, the actress, 47, shared a slideshow of sweet family photos in “To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I’ve never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and

“ 'Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t' Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show," he wrote. "So when I got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture."

Wade added he was proud of his wife for being selected as a judge in the first place and for "standing up for what she stands for and that’s US."

Also watch: 'AGT' responds to 'toxic culture' report that led Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough to exit 

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