Former America has talent Judge Gabrielle Union told her social media followers on Wednesday that she had a "five long hours,quot; meeting with NBC that she believes was productive after AGT The producers chose not to renew their contract after only one season in the program. The Peacock network has also announced that they have launched an investigation into the matter.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Union also met with Syco Entertainment of Fremantle and Simon Cowell after he reportedly complained about a toxic work environment that included a racist joke and production notes telling Union that his hairstyles were "too black ".
We had a long 5-hour meeting and what I thought would be a productive meeting yesterday. I could, again, express my truth without filtering. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.
– Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 4, 2019
Union tweeted that his meeting was productive and that he was able to express his "unfiltered truth,quot; about his brief period in AGT the Go ahead Star added that he led with transparency and his desire and hope for real change.
NBC echoed Union's comments with its own statement, saying that the initial conversation was "sincere and productive."
"While there will be more research to gain a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to reach a positive resolution," the network said.
Multiple reports state that Union's complaints about its time in AGT Now he mainly focuses on Cowell, the creator and executive producer of the program, for leading the way with toxic culture and smoking on the set even though it is illegal in California.
Initial reports indicated that Union had a problem with an anti-Korean joke that guest judge Jay Leno told during a segment recorded for the program that was finally edited. Apparently, the Union urged producers to report the racist joke to human resources on NBC, but that never happened.
Fremantle and Syco also issued a statement after speaking with Union, and said they remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees. And they take any question about work culture very seriously.
"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," the statement said.
NBC fired Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough after just one season, and they haven't announced their replacements yet.
America has talent will return with a new season in the summer of 2020. And, the spin-off America’s Got Talent: The Champions premieres on January 6 on NBC.