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.
Dwyane Wade Defends Wife Gabrielle Union Amid AGT Firing: 'I Am Even More Proud of Her'
Dwyane Wade Defends Wife Gabrielle Union Amid AGT ControversyThe NBA legend, 37, shared several tweets on Wednesday in support of Gabrielle Union in the wake of her recent and controversial departure from America’s Got Talent.
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 Says 'Support Is Everything' as She Leans on Dwyane Wade After AGT Firing .
Gabrielle Union Says 'Support Is Everything' After AGT FiringOn Friday, the actress shared a selfie of herself and husband Dwyane Wade, in which the NBA legend could be seen sweetly kissing her forehead as she leaned back on his chest.