In 2019, Gabrielle Union was fired from America’s Got Talent after just one season as a judge. This led her to speak out about the “toxic work environment” and racism she allegedly experienced while working on ‘AGT.’ She had an ongoing feud with NBC and Freemantle Media, and now it finally seems like it’s coming to an end.
Gabrielle Union And NBC Have Come To An Agreement After Scandal
Gabrielle and the network have reached an agreement after months of back and forth accusations. “We’ve reached an amicable resolution,” they both said in a joint statement. “NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect.”
Previously, Gabrielle filed a formal complaint mentioning “racist jokes, racist performances, sexual orientation discrimination and excessive focus on female judges’ appearances including race-related comments” while working on the show. About Simon Cowell in particular, she said that he would smoke directly next to her on the soundstage causing her to fall extremely ill. She did make it known to producers that she is allergic to cigarette smoke. This left her sick for months. The actress also described intimidation tactics used by high-level execs to reportedly keep her quiet about these claims.
“Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience,” the complaint stated, adding that a network executive and a show producer “informed Union’s manager that her hair was ‘too wild‘ and that it needed to be ‘toned down.'”
An Internal Investigation Was Conducted On The Set Of The Show
The network previously began an internal investigation back in May that was never formally completed, according to Variety. But the production and network found no evidence of racism on the set of the show. It was reported that they found an “overall culture of diversity” on the show. While they agreed there were some areas of the workplace on America’s Got Talent that could be improved, the show has started sensitivity training and made changes to “help screen and elevate issues to human resources more efficiently.”
If you want to know all of the details involving Gabrielle and her longtime feud with America’s Got Talent, check out the What’s Hot Video below. It goes in-depth about her shocking firing from the show along with a look at Gabrielle’s formal complaint. At the time it seemed like the whole scandal was far from over. But now with this settlement, things seem to be clearing up a bit.
No further details were provided on what exactly NBC and Gabrielle agreed on in this settlement.