Gabrielle Union has been in headlines of late, after she was let go from her gig as a judge on America’s Got Talent. According to reports, the famed actress was relieved of her duties after complaining about several racist situations that allegedly occurred behind the scenes and on set of the competition series. Apparently, Gabby’s complaints included: Jay Leno comparing dogs to something you’d find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant”; a white contestant impersonating people of color; Simon Cowell smoking inside, and more. Gabby was reportedly viewed as difficult after asking a contestant what their pronouns were, in addition to a separate instance when she stood up for a Black competitor, as well as the aforementioned, alleged matters. Not to mention, there have also been reports that producers took issue with her hairstyles, which were allegedly too Black.
Initially, NBC brushed her departure off as normal. “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show,” the network told PEOPLE, adding “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.”
“In a statement, NBC, alongside producers Freemantle and Syco, told Page Six: ‘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.’”
Gabby seems to have responded to the statement via Twitter:
The statement didn’t really read like an apology to us either… hit us up with your thoughts on whether or not NBC was loud enough for you.