Entertainment Howard Stern Calls 'AGT' the 'Ultimate Boys Club,' Blames Simon Cowell for Gabrielle Union Ouster
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.
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. "Howie's (Mandel) doing a fine, serviceable job — why don't they change him? And why don't they change Simon? … This is the ultimate example of a boys' club."
Time’s Up and Hollywood Women Show Support for Gabrielle Union, Call for ‘America’s Got Talent’ Investigation
Time’s Up and Hollywood Women Show Support for Gabrielle Union, Call for ‘America’s Got Talent’ InvestigationThe outpour comes on the heels of an exclusive report from Variety that Union would not return to the show after her first year as a judge, and a subsequent report about a string of complaints she made regarding insensitivities to minorities throughout the past season.
It was announced on Nov. 22 that "AGT" judges Union and Hough would. Union's contract was not renewed, with multiple reports describing behind-the-scenes clashes between Union and the show's producers over what was described as a "toxic" workplace culture.
According to a report by, Union complained about Cowell smoking indoors; a remark made during taping by guest judge Jay Leno she deemed to be a racist that did not make it to air; and misgendering of contestants. In addition, Vulture reported that Union had supported a 10-year-old African American rapper's advancement in the competition before being told that the show needed "an act America can get behind."
Stern went on to parse some of Union's complaints, taking particular issue with the complaint about Leno's joke about dog meat being served in Korean restaurants.
Nicole Scherzinger And Lauren Silverman Comfort Simon Cowell As He Breaks Down On ‘X-Factor U.K’
Simon Cowell’s traditionally tough exterior has changed a lot since he welcomed his first child in 2014 and it was very evident during Saturday’s “X-Factor” finale. A clip of the “X-Factor: Celebrity Charity Single” was aired of the contestants Max and Harvey, Jenny Ryan, V5 and Megan McKenna singing Snow Patrol’s “Run”. When asked whatA clip of the "X-Factor: Celebrity Charity Single" was aired of the contestants Max and Harvey, Jenny Ryan, V5 and Megan McKenna singing Snow Patrol's "Run".
"Let's go on record as telling people that one million dogs are still eaten annually in South Korea, and if Gabrielle Union wants to effect positive change, maybe focus on the horrors of Korean dog farms and let the old irrelevant comic live in peace," Stern said. "She wants Jay beaten in the streets. I think maybe Jay makes a point."
Stern served as a judge on "America's Got Talent" for four seasons before exiting the show in 2015, and did not appear on the same season with either Cowell (who is also an executive producer) or Union.
A representative for Cowell did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
NBC and "America's Got Talent" producers Fremantle and Syco issued a statement over the weekend, saying they would work with Union to "take whatever next steps" might be appropriate to remedy her concern's about the show's workplace culture.
"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture," the statement said. "We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate."
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.
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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.