The surrounding controversy America has talent and his failure to renew the contracts of judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough after the ladies allegedly complained about a toxic work environment has many people talking. And now, ex AGT Judge Howard Stern has expressed his opinion, and is calling the creator of the show and Judge Simon Cowell for his treatment of the judges in the popular television talent show.
According to Page sixOn Monday's episode of his SiriusXM radio show, Stern accused Cowell of orchestrating the departure of Union and Hough, and explained the difference in how producers treat judges of both sexes.
It's funny how Union never mentioned all this until she was fired. Stern Blasts Forward Creator of "America & # 39; s Got Talent,quot; Simon Cowell – Deadline https://t.co/6ehkdH4voB
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"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 talented they are," said Stern. Then he went on to say that it is "obvious,quot; Cowell and AGT Producers regularly replace judges with "hotter girls and younger girls."
Stern was judge in America has talent from 2012 to 2015 with Howie Mandel, who has been on the show since 2010. Before season 14 began, AGT He got rid of Judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, who had been judges on the show since Season 8, and replaced them with Union and Hough.
After the news that AGT They chose not to renew the Union and Hough contracts after just one season, rumors began to emerge that the ladies had complained about a toxic work environment that included a racist joke by guest judge Jay Leno.
Now Stern has the balls to say something? Where was his voice when he was on the show and saw the #Simon Cowell "Kids club,quot; in action? If someone has the power and the platform to speak, it is #HowardStern. Silence is the great facilitator. # America has talenthttps://t.co/UL696oiG5S
– Ron Hebshie (@RONTHINKblog) December 3, 2019
There were also reports that Union was constantly receiving notes from the producers about his hairstyle that seemed "too black," and both Union and Hough received regular notes that criticized their hair, makeup and costumes.
Numerous celebrities have spoken in support of Union and Hough, including the NBC comedy star Will and grace, Debra Messing and star of Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo. Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette said it was time for a SAG-AFTRA investigation into the matter, and the actors' union recently confirmed that they have "taken steps to investigate this matter."
NBC issued a statement over the weekend about the controversy and said they were working with Gabrielle Union's team to find out "more about their concerns."
The new season of America has talent It will be released in the summer of 2020.