'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Defends Gabrielle Union, Slams NBC
After it was revealed that Gabrielle Union was fired from 'America's Got Talent' for reporting racist incidents, 'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo has publically defended her while penning a scathing message to NBC.
In a series of fiery tweets, Pompeo didn't hold back her thoughts on the situation, accusing NBC of protecting "disgusting men", while referencing former 'Today' show anchor Matt Lauer‘s firing for allegations of sexual misconduct.
“It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage” Pompeo began.
She continued, “This is a teaching moment..It’s important..white girls I’m talking to you..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines. Don’t cut side deals & don’t not get involved because it isn’t your issue..because it is."
She went on to encourage women to unite in solidarity against toxic workplaces, before acknowledging that there had been issues on the set of 'Grey's Anatomy'.
“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,” she continued.
“Also I feel important to mention our problems on the Greys set and every set has them…some kind of issue …there’s lots of people in a workplace.. point is… exec producers and the NETWORK @abc cared enough to help us make change support is crucial."
Following her rant, fans and fellow celebs were quick to praise Pompeo for standing up to the network, with Ariana Grande tweeting her support to both Pompeo and Union, saying, "thank you for this @EllenPompeo. be better @nbc. we’re with you @itsgabrielleu."
The saga comes after it was revealed that Union had made numerous complaints during her time hosting 'AGT', with one instance taking place during a taping of 'AGT', where guest judge Leno allegedly made a joke about a painting on the wall that featured Cowell surrounded by his dogs.
Apparently, Leno allegedly joked the dogs looked like something one would find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant,” which Variety reports had offended multiple staff, including one Asian staffer who was on set at the time.
Union allegedly urged producers to report the joke to NBC’s HR department, however, according to Variety, it was never addressed. The joke was later cut from the episode.
Following thousands of messages of support, Union has thanked fans via Twitter, writing, "So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever".