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Entertainment 'AGT' responds to report that 'toxic culture' led to Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough's exits

12:51  28 november  2019
12:51  28 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Following news that "America' s Got Talent" judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year, NBC is responding to a report from Variety that alleges “ toxic culture ” on the set. Variety reports that a culture of toxic , racist jokes

Toxic culture at 'America' s Got Talent' led to Gabrielle Union , Julianne Hough departures: Report . The report also alleges both Union and Hough were subjected to excessive notes on their physical appearance. One specific incident reportedly involves Jay Leno, who allegedly offended AGT

Following news that "America's Got Talent" judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year, NBC is responding to a report from Variety that alleges “toxic culture” on the set.

“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 sent 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.”

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Toxic culture at 'America' s Got Talent' led to Gabrielle Union , Julianne Hough departures: Report . The alleged Leno situation is one example of what multiple insiders told Variety was a toxic culture at the show. According to sources, Hough and Union were critiqued over their physical

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough ‘ s departure from the America’ s Got Talent was reportedly the result of a “ toxic ” workplace culture at the NBC talent Representatives for Hough , Union , Leno, and Simon Cowell‘ s Syco Entertainment did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’ s request for comment.

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.

According to Variety, issues raised include comments on Union's and Hough's appearances. Variety quoted four unnamed sources as saying Union was told several times that her hairstyles were "too black" for the show. Hough reportedly was "consistently" given critiques on her appearance, though she said in a statement to the outlet that she had a "wonderful time" on the "AGT" set.

Union and Hough joined the show for Season 14, replacing the vacant seats left by judges Mel B and Heidi Klum. Judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, plus host Terry Crews, are expected to return next season, Variety previously reported.

As producers noted in their statement, this is not the first changeover for the long-running franchise, summer's top series. Crews replaced former host Tyra Banks last season, who in turn replaced Nick Cannon in 2017. Previous judges also include Piers Morgan and Howard Stern.

Original story: Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough will not return to 'America's Got Talent,' reports say

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