Entertainment ‘America’s Got Talent’ Producers, NBC Say They’re ‘Working With’ Gabrielle Union in New Statement
Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough Out at ‘America’s Got Talent’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are vacating their chairs on NBC’s unscripted series “America’s Got Talent,” Variety can report exclusively. Union, an NAACP Image award winner and prolific film and TV presence, joined the panel this year with Hough. An NBC spokesperson confirmed that the pair will not return for the 2020 season. Representatives for Union and Hough did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Union and Hough had replaced longtime judges Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) and model-host Heidi Klum for the show’s 14th season.
“America’s Got Talent” network NBC and producers Fremantle and Syco have released a new statement regarding former “AGT” host’s exit from the series.
“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture,” the group said Sunday in a joint statement. “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.”
The statement comes five days afterthat Union was let go from “America’s Got Talent” following complaints about a toxic workplace culture on the series.
Gabrielle Union Speaks Out for the First Time After Her Controversial America's Got Talent Firing
Gabrielle Union Speaks Out After Her Controversial AGT FiringIn the wake of her recent and controversial departure from America’s Got Talent, the actress, 47, sent a message to her Twitter followers and thanked them for their support during this difficult time.
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.
Time’s Up and numerous Hollywood womensince the Nov. 26 report.
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen 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.”
Gabrielle Union Alludes to ‘America’s Got Talent’ Firing .
Gabrielle Union alluded to her firing from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Monday morning at the launch of her holiday collection with New York and Company. During a panel titled The Power of Inclusivity and the Women Leading The Charge, Union talked about speaking up and doing the right thing in her career. “How many checks do I need?” she asked the crowd at LaDuree in SoHo. “This financial freedom, they’re shackles, masquerading as zeros in my bank account.”Though she didn’t mention her firing directly, she said, “Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid. It’s terrifying.