AGT Producers, NBC Issue New Statement About Gabrielle Union

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The producers of America’s Bought Expertise and distributor NBC mentioned in a press release on Sunday that they are in communication with Gabrielle Union, who was let go from the present after reportedly expressing concern over offensive incidents on the set, to listen to extra about what she has to say.

Final week, NBC confirmed that the actress and Julianne Houghwould not return to the NBC series after serving as judges for one season. Variety later reported that earlier than their exits, Union urged producers to report back to human assets at NBC an offensive joke that visitor decide and former Tonight Present host and comic Jay Leno advised on the set. It was not reported. The outlet additionally mentioned that in her time on the present, Union was given fixed notes that her rotating hair types have been “too black” for the collection’ viewers.

“We stay dedicated to making sure a respectful office for all staff and take very significantly any questions on office tradition,” NBC mentioned in a joint assertion with America’s Bought Expertise manufacturing corporations Fremantle and Syco, based by present decide and govt producer Simon Cowell. “We’re working with Ms. Union via her representatives to listen to extra about her issues, following which we are going to take no matter subsequent steps could also be acceptable.”

Union has not responded straight to the brand new assertion. Nevertheless, minutes after it was issued, she retweeted a publish by freelance author Joelle Monique, who wrote, “A stable apology is available in three components. 1. Sincerely admit incorrect doing on to the offended social gathering. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you have been making the error. 3. Lay out steps to appropriate your habits sooner or later. Something much less is protecting your personal ass.”

“This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!” Union wrote.

NBC and Fremantle had mentioned in a earlier assertion final week, “America’s Bought Expertise has an extended historical past of inclusivity and variety in each our expertise and the acts championed by the present. The judging and host line-up has been repeatedly refreshed through the years and that is likely one of the causes for AGT’s enduring recognition. NBC and the producers take any points on set significantly.” 

Followers and celebrities corresponding to Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, in addition to Union’s husband Dwyane Wade, have rallied behind the actress amid the controversy.

“Once I bought the information that my spouse was being fired—my first query was clearly why!?” Wade tweeted simply earlier than Thanksgiving. “I’m nonetheless ready on a superb reply to that query. But when anybody is aware of @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you recognize she’s an advocate for our group and tradition,” Wade continued in one other tweet.

“So many tears, a lot gratitude,” Union wrote on Instagram earlier this week. “THANK YOU! Simply if you really feel misplaced, adrift, alone… you bought me up off the bottom. Humbled and grateful, endlessly.”

She wrote on Instagram on Black Friday, alongside a photograph of Wade kissing her as she closes her eyes, “Lord, you KNOW I am tryin… whew and breathe. Help is the whole lot. ❤ @dwyanewade.”

(E! and NBC are a part of the NBCUniversal household.)

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