‘America’s Got Talent’: Julianne Hough Reveals Why She Isn’t Returning to the Show

America’s Got Talent has changed judges throughout its run, but this last change is getting a lot of attention. That’s because Gabrielle Union claimed the workplace had many problems.

Julianne Hough worked with her that season and also won’t be returning. Find out the reason she gave for her exit and what she had to say in response to Union’s claims.

Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union won’t return to ‘America’s Got Talent’

The new judges won’t have a second season. There were many reasons given for why Union reportedly wasn’t asked to return.

When Jay Leno filmed for the show, he reportedly made a racist joke saying dogs in a portrait looked like they would be “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.” Union reportedly asked producers to bring the incident to human resources but they didn’t, according to Vareity.

Hough and Union also reportedly got a lot a notes about their appearance during filming. That included Union’s changing hairstyles reportedly being considered as “too Black” for the show’s audience.

Hough responded to the claim that her looks were criticized in a statement given to Variety. “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC,” she said. She added, “I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”

Hough said everyone should be heard in response to Union’s claims

Julianne Hough attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Finale
Julianne Hough attends the “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 Finale | Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic

The dancer was asked about the controversy that followed her and Union’s exit from America’s Got Talent. She said she thinks everyone should be heard.

“I would just say that — my goodness. I just believe and value at the highest regard that everybody has a voice and should be heard, first and foremost,” she said on People Now. “And then I believe that the paradigm of the workplace and how you do business and work with people now, it’s shifting, and I think that the people that really want to see change happen are going to authentically and positively … do that. And so that’s all I really have to say about that.”

She said her option wasn’t picked up

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It seems like the new judges were only signed on to do one season. The network then was left to decided if they would ask them back or let them go.

My option was not picked up,” Hough said according to Entertainment Tonight. “I found out later as I had conversations.”

She continued, “But everybody has their unique experiences whether it was on AGT or multiple other shows that people have. So everybody has their unique human experience. That’s what it is to be human and so I value everybody’s voice and I just feel like everybody should be heard. Whether that’s publicly or privately, I feel like everybody has that choice and that right.”

Union and Hough have revealed that they weren’t asked to return to the show. It has yet to be announced who will replace them next season.