×

‘America’s Got Talent’ Producers, NBC Say They’re ‘Working With’ Gabrielle Union in New Statement

“America’s Got Talent” network NBC and producers Fremantle and Syco have released a new statement regarding former “AGT” host Gabrielle Union’s exit from the series.

“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture,” the group said Sunday in a joint statement. “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 comes five days after Variety‘s report that Union was let go from “America’s Got Talent” following complaints about a toxic workplace culture on the series.

Following the release of NBC’s statement, Union retweeted a tweet by entertainment and culture writer Joelle Monique, outlining the three steps to a “solid apology” and asserting that “anything less is covering your own ass.”

Union added, “This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!”

Among the incidents Variety reported on, citing multiple sources with close knowledge of the series, was an offensive on-camera joke told by guest star Jay Leno that Union asked to be escalated to NBC human resources. Widely seen by people present as insensitive to Asian communities, many of the sources Variety spoke with said the matter went unreported. Union was also given constant notes that her rotating hairstyles were “too black” for the competition series’ audience, four people with knowledge of the critique told Variety. 

Time’s Up and numerous Hollywood women have called for NBC to launch an investigation since the Nov. 26 report.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo asserted that “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.”

More TV

  • Black Panther

    What's Coming to Disney Plus in March 2020

    Disney Plus will continue to expand its library next month, adding older films as well as new television shows, releasing as both weekly episodes and entire seasons. After streaming on Netflix for over a year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is making its way to Disney Plus, leaving just “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” [...]

  • Bob Chapek

    What Disney's Theme Parks Reveal About New CEO Bob Chapek

    Theme parks and resorts aren’t likely top of mind for the industry set when they think of Disney. But in light of the recent (and very swift) appointment of parks and consumer products head Bob Chapek to succeed Bob Iger as Disney CEO, Chapek’s recent interviews at the parks offer a few insights about the [...]

  • LOVE IS BLIND Lauren and Cameron

    Are Lauren and Cameron From 'Love Is Blind' Still Together?

    The finale to Netflix’s “Love is Blind” has been revealed, unleashing an emotional wave of broken hearts and shattered engagements across the the internet. Warning — “Love is Blind” finale spoilers below. After several on-the-altar dismissals and full on “the wedding is canceled” speeches, it was contestants Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton, who salvaged most [...]

  • Hawaii Five-O Oahu Hawaii

    'Hawaii Five-O' to End After Current Season on CBS

    The CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-O” will end after its current and tenth season. The series will air a two-hour finale on April 3. Upon its conclusion, it will have aired 240 episodes, just shy of the 279 episodes of the original 1968 series. “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that [...]

  • THE BACHELOR - "2401" - Handsome

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of Feb. 17: 'The Bachelor' Jumps to Third

    “The Bachelor” benefited from a strong Live+Same Day performance to jump up one place in the Live+3 TV ratings chart. The Feb. 17 episode of the ABC dating show grew to a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 after three days of delayed viewing, meaning it was beaten only by “The Masked Singer” and “This Is [...]

  • Justin Dini Josh Line

    ViacomCBS Promotes Josh Line and Justin Dini in Communications and Marketing

    ViacomCBS has named Comedy Central veteran Josh Line to serve as executive VP and chief brand officer for the newly enlarged company. Line will oversee all marketing strategies for the company with an emphasis on synergy efforts across a collection of brands that range from MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central to Paramount Pictures, CBS [...]

  • Courteney Cox'The Last Ship' musical, Arrivals,

    Courteney Cox to Lead Starz Horror Comedy Pilot 'Shining Vale'

    Courteney Cox has signed on for a starring role in the Starz horror comedy pilot. The half-hour series follows a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat (Cox), who’s convinced she’s either [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content