'America’s Got Talent' Producers And NBC Issue New Statement About Gabrielle Union
Following major backlash after reports that Gabrielle Union was fired from 'America's Got Talent' for reporting racist incidents, the show's producers and NBC have responded in a new statement.
The drama kicked off after it was revealed that both Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union would not be returning as hosts for next season of the reality series, with several reports revealing that Union had urged producers to report a racist joke told by comedian Jay Leno to human resources, which it was not.
Variety also alleged that Union was told that her rotating hairstyles were "too black" for the series' audience.
In the wake of the mounting backlash against the network, Syco Entertainment -- which produces AGT -- released a joint statement with NBC and production company Fremantle on Sunday.
“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture,” the statement read.
“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 concluded.
While Union hasn't directly responded, she did retweet a tweet by writer Joelle Monique, which read:
"A solid apology comes in three parts. 1. Sincerely admit wrong doing directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own ass."
Union then added, "This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!"
AGT and NBC's comment follows their initial statement which read: "America's Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT's enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."
After the news first broke of Union's firing, she was quickly backed by fellow celebs, including 'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo who called out NBC, as well as her husband Dwyane Wade, who also voiced his support of his wife in a series of tweets.
"When I got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!?" Wade tweeted. "I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she's an advocate for our community and culture," Wade continued in another tweet.
Following the support, Union expressed thanks to fans and friends over social media for their kind words.
"So many tears, so much gratitude," Union wrote on Instagram earlier this week. "THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever."
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