Entertainment Heidi Klum 'Didn't Mean to Negate' Gabrielle Union's 'Truth' Amid America's Got Talent Controversy
Gabrielle Union tweets about ‘lies’ and being thrown ‘under the bus’ after Terry Crews defends ‘AGT’ culture
Gabrielle Union tweets about ‘lies’ and being thrown ‘under the bus’ after Terry Crews defends ‘AGT’ cultureThe former America’s Got Talent judge wasn’t asked back for the upcoming season after being vocal about a toxic culture, with allegations of racism and sexism, on the set — which NBC is currently investigating. On Thursday, Crews, who is AGT’s host, appeared on another NBC show, Today, and spoke glowingly of his experience on the series, declaring, “I have never been in a more diverse place in 20 years of entertainment,” and proclaiming, “It was the best experience I ever had in my entire life.
Despite their different experiences on, has ‘s back.
After catching some flack for herat the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour earlier this week, the supermodel turned TV personality is clarifying her words.
“Recently, a reporter asked me to share my thoughts about Gabrielle Union’s experiences while working as a judge on America’s Got Talent. I told the reporter that I had not experienced similar issues while I was a judge on the show — my experience was a positive one. I can only speak of my own truth, and by no means is that meant to negate or question Gabrielle’s truth,” Klum tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement.
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“I am aware that my experience may not be the same as Gabrielle’s. What I can tell you is that I am a fierce advocate for all people, no matter their race, age, religion, gender or sexuality. Everyone should be treated equally and with utmost respect. Personally, I have experienced very hurtful things while being married to a man of color and having three beautiful children with him. While everyone’s challenges are different, I want nothing more than for a just world and for people to be kinder to one another,” concludes the star, who was.
Klum, 46, judged AGT for six seasons until May 2019, when she left and and joined the panel. However, news broke on Nov. 22 that Union, 47, and Hough, 31, for AGT‘s 15th season.
Terry Crews Apologizes To Gabrielle Union For His Contrary Comments On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Terry Crews has apologized to Gabrielle Union for remarks that seemed to “invalidate” her experience with America’s Got Talent by defending the show against charges of racism and sexism. Crews appeared last week on the Today show and said Union’s complaints about America’s Got Talent’s behind-the-scenes operations were never his experience. Crews hosts America’s Got Talent and its winter edition, America’s Got Talent: The Champions.Now, he’s re-thought his position and issued a public apology.“I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 “acknowledge the pain of other people.” Right now I have to do the same thing.
Days later, a report by Variety claimed that Union had expressed concerns over alleged racial insensitivity on set, and that both women said they were subjected to “excessive notes” on their physical appearance. (In a statement, Hough denied that she had a negative experience on the show and said she was “happy to continue my working relationship with NBC.”)
Now, Klum is back in the fold as a judge on. Asked about the situation at the TCAs, she had told reporters, “I’ve only had an amazing experience. I can’t speak for her. I didn’t experience the same thing. To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.”
“Of course, there’s always this cat-and-dog fight, but this is fun. You say something silly,” she added. “For me, being on television, I want to entertain people. I want people to have a good time. I want people to go away from their life for two hours and just have fun and enjoy.”
Gabrielle Union Invites Texas Student Told To Cut His Dreadlocks To The Oscars
After Deandre Arnold, a senior attending Barbers Hill High School in Southeast Texas, was suspended from school and told he wouldn’t graduate due to his dreadlocks, Gabrielle Union (a producer on the Oscar nominated animated short film “Hair Love”) invited Deandre Arnold and his family to join her at the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 9.© J M HAEDRICH/SIPA/ShutterstockAccording to Arnold’s family, the school claimed the teen’s hair violated the school district’s dress code.
Union revealed on Dec. 4 that she had sat down with NBC and the America’s Got Talent production companies, tweeting, “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be,yesterday. I was able to again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”
In a joint statement, Syco Entertainment, Fremantle and NBC said: “We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. 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.”
AGT: The Champions airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Heidi Broussard's Mother Believes Her Daughter's Best Friend 'Premeditated' Her Murder .
Earlier this week, Heidi Broussard's longtime friend Magen Fieramusca was indicted on charges of capital murder and kidnapping In a new interview with NBC’s Dateline, which will air in full on Friday night, Tammy Broussard spoke about her grief over Heidi’s death, and also said she believes Fieramusca “premeditated” her daughter’s murder.“She premeditated all of this,” Tammy said in the interview. “We really want to know why. Why would you hurt a friend? I mean, you’re supposed to be her friend. Why would you do that? We would just like to know why.