Gabrielle Union & # 39; s America & # 39; s Got Talent Exit: all we know


Gabrielle Uniondeparture of America has talent Continue to make headlines.

As fans of the actress will know, at the end of November it was announced that she and Julianne Hough He will not return to the NBC competition series after one season. Both Union and Hough had joined the series as judges earlier this year, raising questions about why they would not return. Days after it was revealed that Union and Hough would not return for season 15, a report of Variety stating that Union had expressed concern about "offensive,quot; incidents that occurred during its time in AGT.

Now, with each passing day, new details and statements about Union's departure from the program continue to emerge. Union as well as her husband Dwyane Wade, have also spoken after their departure from the series. So, as more details emerge, we take a look at everything we know about Union's departure from AGT.

Let's go back to all the details that have emerged so far regarding Union's exit from the contest.

November 22th: An NBC spokesperson confirms Variety that Union and Hough will not return to the series for next season in 2020. Union and Hough had replaced previous judges Heidi klum and Mel B for season 14 of the program, which began airing in May 2019.

November 26: Four days after news of the departure of Union and Hough emerged, another Variety published report indicating that Union, during its time in AGT, had expressed concern about the "offensive,quot; incidents, which allegedly took place on the set. One of the alleged incidents involved a visit to AGT since Jay Leno, during which he claims to have made an inappropriate joke in front of Union and Hough. After this offensive incident, according to the report, the Union attempted to have the joke reported to the human resources department. But, according to the media, the situation "never intensified,quot; to RR. H H. Although the problem was supposedly brought to the attention of an executive.

the Variety the report also states that Union and Hough received "excessive notes on their physical experience,quot; during their time in AGT, which wreaked havoc on morals and "caused tensions," particularly for Hough. Although Hough later denied this. The sources also reported that Union received notes on their "rotating hairstyles," which they allegedly told them were "too black,quot; for the AGT audience.

In response to these claims, Hough issued a statement saying: "I had a great time at America has talent, I loved working with the cast, the team and the producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC. "

NBC and Fremantle also published a statement, sharing, "America has talent It has a long history of inclusion and diversity both in our talent and in the acts advocated by the program. The training of judges and hosts has been updated regularly over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGTThe enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any problem on the set seriously. "

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November 27: Union's husband, Wade, resorts to Twitter to defend his wife in a series of publications. "& # 39; Men lie, women lie, numbers don't & # 39;. During the past year, many people approached me saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason why they started seeing #AGT or because they love their insight and sincerity. on the show, "Wade tweeted. "So, when I received the news that my wife was being fired, my first question was obviously why? I'm still waiting for a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or has heard of it, you know that is a defender of our community and culture. "

"As proud as I was to be selected as a judge in # AGT, I am even more proud that she defends what she defends and is the United States," continued the basketball star. "Then (emoji applause) for you @itsgabrielleu for keeping track of the lessons we've talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking asses while you were on that platform. Judge number 1 in one of the biggest shows in the world‼ ️"

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November 27: Later that day, Union breaks its silence on the subject through Twitter, writing: "So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, drifting, just … you lifted me from the ground. Humiliated. and grateful, forever ❤ ".

December 1st: AGT Producers and NBC issue a new statement in response to the Union's departure. "We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take any questions about workplace culture very seriously," NBC said in a joint statement with AGT the producers Fremantle and Syco, which was founded by Simon Cowell, judge and executive producer of the contest. "We are working with Mrs. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, after which we will take the next steps that are appropriate."

December 2: Leno breaks his silence. According to the Variety According to the report, the nocturnal host's offensive joke included a painting of Cowell and his dogs. "Leno joked that pets looked like something one would find & # 39; on the menu of a Korean restaurant & # 39;", the report said. When asked about the offensive joke in a video posted by TMZ, Leno remained silent. But he responded when asked about Union's dismissal, and said to the camera: "I love Gabrielle Union. She's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her. She is really good."

When asked if Union was "treated fairly," Leno replied: "I don't know … but I think she's a great girl."

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December 2: A SAG-AFTRA spokesperson confirms E! News that an investigation into the exit of the Union from AGT. "We take health and safety problems in the workplace very seriously. We immediately contacted Ms. Union's representatives when these reports came to light," the statement said. "It is our practice to work closely with the members who communicate with us and their representatives in cases like this, since that generally provides the best protection and the best resolution for the affected member."

"For certain matters, our investigation and application must be carried out independently and we are prepared to handle this problem accordingly, as guaranteed," the statement continues. "Our compliance action is generally handled confidentially to protect the member involved, and we generally do not disclose these matters unless the member requests that we do so. While we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now." .

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME & # 39; S UP Now, also issued a statement on Union's exit from the program.

"Gabrielle Union's experience in & # 39; America & # 39; s Got Talent & # 39; is exemplary of the double bond faced by black women at work. According to reports, Union not only endured and witnessed racist and inappropriate behavior, Including racially insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, it also seems that she was punished for speaking: the company called it "difficult,quot; before it was completely expelled from the program, "the statement said. "Union's history is deeply worrying on its own, but its experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern of NBCUniversal that protects the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak."

"The experience of the Union shows that NBCUniversal still has a lot of work to do to change its culture, so discrimination, harassment and reprisals are no longer tolerated in the company. Building a culture of security and equity requires continuous work and intentionally sustained over a long period of time, even when a company is not in the midst of a crisis, "the statement continues. "Ensuring that people of all kinds are respected and supported at work is essential for any company, but especially for a media company like NBC that has such an enormous influence on our culture and our lives."

Former AGT judge Howard Stern He also shared his thoughts on the departure of Union and Hough, as well as his thoughts on Cowell, during his SiriusXM radio show on Monday.

"How is Simon Cowell orchestrating this?" Stern said, via Variety. "It states that men stay, no matter how ugly they are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how untalented they are."

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