‘America’s Got Talent’: Terry Crews Publicly Apologizes to Gabrielle Union for ‘Disrespectful Comments’
SAG-AFTRA is investigating the allegations behind Gabrielle Union’s firing from America’s Got Talent. Some reports claimed she wanted racist comments that were made on set to be reported. Terry Crews has defended the diversity of the show. Find out why he is now apologizing to Union and more.
Terry Crews defended the diversity of ‘America’s Got Talent’
Crews was asked about his own experience working on the show. He defended America’s Got Talent’s diversity.
“It just was not my experience,” he told Us Weekly. “It was the best experience I ever had in my entire life.”
He went on to talk about what sets the variety show apart. “When they talk about diversity, there was every bit of diversity on set, everywhere,” he claimed. “I have never been in a more diverse place in 20 years of entertainment, so what can I say?”
Union later responded to his comments
Union later responded to this on Twitter on Jan. 24. “Can someone please ask abt [sic] what happens to all that diversity folks are talking about BEHIND THE SCENES. Like, legit… where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? In the decision making ranks who control the fate of the diversity in front of the camera?”
She then tweeted, “Maaaaaan… We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this… ohhhhh baby let’s gooooooooooo!”
Many fans angrily tweeted at Crews. He doubled down on his comments. “There is only one woman one [sic] earth I have to please. Her name is Rebecca. Not my mother, my sister, my daughters or co-workers. I will let their husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take care of them. Rebecca gives me WINGS,” he tweeted on Jan. 27.
Crews apologized for his ‘disrespectful comments’
The host took to Twitter again to address his previous comments. This time he addressed Union directly.
Crews tweeted on Jan. 31, “I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 ‘acknowledge the pain of other people.’ Right now I have to do the same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say.”
He then wrote, “I hear you, I respect you and understand you. I am sorry and I am here to support you. I spoke from my own personal point of view without first taking into consideration someone else’s experience.”
Crews added in a tweet, “I allowed disrespectful comments directed at me and my family to cause me to react angrily instead of responding thoughtfully. This certainly caused more harm, and it is my hope that I can amend any pain I have caused to those who were hurt by my words.”
He then addressed Union with, “@itsgabrielleu, I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience— but that is what I did. I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.”
The host ended his statement with, “@itsgabrielleu You are a role model to the entire black community and In my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support. Sincerely, Terry Crews.”