NBC, Union Investigate Firing of ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge Gabrielle Union

Lawrence Kim
December 3, 2019

The comedian had nothing but praise for Union as he was caught by paparazzi outside of the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, on Sunday night - following a report which claimed Union went to NBC's Human Resources with concerns about the workplace culture, and a joke Leno made on "AGT" Union and Julianne Hough departed the talent competition show last month, though Union's husband, Dwyane Wade, claims she was sacked.

Fellow judge Julianne Hough will also leave the talent show after one series.

Fans were shocked to hear the women would not be back, and then a report came out detailing the toxic culture that Gabrielle allegedly faced on the set of the show.

"How is it that that freak Simon Cowell has orchestrated this?" "He has set it up that the men stay, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how ugly they are, no matter how talentless they are".

"But what he manages to do on all his shows is he constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks. Which is so obvious".

Union was even reportedly told that some of her hairstyles were "too black" for NBC audiences.

NBC, which makes the show, said it was "committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees".

On Sunday, a joint statement was released from NBC, production company Freemantle and Simon Cowell's entertainment company Syco regarding Union.

Following the statement, Union, 47, shared a tweet from freelance writer and host Joelle Monique and commented on the proper way to apologize.

This retweet from Union is also a resounding rejection of a statement from an NBC spokesperson who said the network is "working with" Union to get to the truth surrounding her ouster last week.

On Sunday, Union quoted a tweet that outline the three steps in "a solid apology".

"1. Sincerely admit wrong doing directly to the offended party."
"3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future."

Fans were supportive of Union's new message, responding with comments like, "Right is RIGHT!.Wrong is WRONG!.nobody is flawless, but being able to apologize, and to make an honest effort to better the situation is always key".

On November 26, NBC issued a statement, saying: "America's Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show".

The "LA Finest" and "Being Mary Jane" star is emotionally worn out after not having her contract renewed, despite being the most popular judge on AGT, by far.

Multiple people on set were upset by the joke, Variety reported, and Union reportedly urged producers to report the joke to the human resources department.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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