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.
is joining in publicly supporting following her firing.
Shortly after the Grey’s Anatomy starfollowing Union’s from the NBC reality competition series after only one season, the Will and Grace star criticized the network in a group of scathing tweets.
“Thank you for this @EllenPompeo,” Messing, 51,. “This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades. Yes, women become ‘difficult,’ when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored.”
'We're with you': Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo show support for Gabrielle Union amid 'AGT' exit
Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo and Debra Messing showed support for Gabrielle Union after the "America's Got Talent" judge exited the show.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.
“Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. 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,” she continued, tagging Union.
NBC did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment regarding Messing’s tweets.
Messing has worked on numerous NBC shows over the years. In addition to her role infrom 1998-2006 as well as its revival — which — she also starred in The Mysteries of Laura from 2014-2016 as well as Smash (2012-2013).
Gabrielle Union Speaks Out After NBC Says It's 'Working with' the Actress Following Her AGT Firing
Gabrielle Union Speaks Out After NBC Says It's 'Working with' Her After AGT FiringOn Sunday, the actress shared a tweet from freelance writer and host Joelle Monique and commented on the proper way to apologize, shortly after Simon Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, NBC and production company Fremantle released a new statement about Union’s unexpected firing from the show.
environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. 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.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing)
In her own tweets, Pompeo praised Union’s “commitment to speaking up to injustice.”
“It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men likeand punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture,” she , noting the former show anchor’s . “Workplace cultures will 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.
Pompeo went on to acknowledge that there have been issues on her own show at rival network ABC.
“Also I feel important to mention our problems on the Greys set and every set has them…some kind of issue …there’s lots of people in a workplace.. point is… exec producers and the NETWORK @abc cared enough tosupport is crucial,” she tweeted, concluding by saying that this Thanksgiving, she felt “thankful for all the women out there who . ???? ???? ???? ❤️????.”
In her own show of support, singeradded, “thank you for this @EllenPompeo. . we’re with you @itsgabrielleu. ????”
News broke last week that Union and— who both joined the season 14 AGT judging panel back in February, taking spots vacated by and — would not be returning for the show’s 15th season.
Sharon Osbourne Speaks Out About Her Own Experience on AGT Following Gabrielle Union's Departure
Sharon Osbourne Weighs in on Gabrielle Union's AGT FiringOn Monday’s episode of The Talk, the women discussed Union’s departure with Osbourne, 67, sharing, “It’s hard.
On Monday,reported that Union had allegedly spoken out about “problematic” situations on set before her departure. A day later, a report made further allegations, with multiple sources telling the publication that while working on the show, Union had expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time as a judge, including a joke guest judge allegedly made that was later edited out of the episode.
She and Hough, 31, were also both subject to “excessive notes” on their physical appearance, sources alleged in Variety‘s report.
A spokesperson for NBC and production company Fremantle responded to such claims with a statement on Tuesday to PEOPLE, saying: “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. 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 a statement to Variety, dancer/actress Hough denied that she had a negative experience working on the show.
“I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew, and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC,” said Hough, who is set to star in two upcoming NBC Christmas specials. “I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
Tamron Hall Defends Gabrielle Union in Wake of AGT Firing: 'A Woman Speaks Up, You're Difficult'
Tamron Hall Defends Gabrielle Union After AGT FiringOn Tuesday’s episode of her Tamron Hall talk show, Hall weighed in on Union’s recent exit from the series and came to the defense of her fellow TV host, who has reportedly been described as “difficult” for speaking up about issues she had on the NBC reality talent competition show.
Representatives for Hough, Union, Leno, and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment, which produces AGT, have not responded to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
On Wednesday,, sending a message to her Twitter followers and thanking them for their support during this difficult time.
“So many tears, so much gratitude,” she tweeted. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”
Union also seemingly referenced the ordeal on her Instagram Stories earlier in the day with a video of herself working out alongside husband, who publicly supported her in a series of tweets earlier in the day.
“When the world feels like it’s falling apart. Try to find your peace,” she captioned the clip.
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.