There is still an investigation into the report that there were racist and sexist issues while Gabrielle Union worked on America’s Got Talent. The investigation isn’t complete but other stars have talked about their experience working on the show. Find out what Union had to say in response and more.
‘America’s Got Talent’ is being investigated after Gabrielle Union’s exit
SAG-AFTRA announced it launched an investigation into the alleged circumstances behind Union not being asked to return to America’s Got Talent.
This is after Variety reported that producers didn’t report a racist joke that was made during filming despite Union pushing for it. A source also claimed her hair was considered “too Black” for the audience.
The union released a statement about the investigation, according to Page Six.
We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union’s representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member.
Terry Crews and Heidi Klum defended the show
Now that the show is back with America’s Got Talent: The Champions, the stars are being asked about their own experience. Heidi Klum said only positive things.
“I’ve only had an amazing experience,” Klum said according to E! News. “I can’t speak for [Gabrielle]. I didn’t experience the same thing. To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.”
Host, Terry Crews also defended the show when it comes to diversity. “It just was not my experience,” he told Us Weekly. “It was the best experience I ever had in my entire life.”
“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 tweeted about other people breaking an agreement
The actress didn’t name names, but she showed her displeasure with other people talking before the investigation is complete. She first responded to a writer showing support by tweeting, “Thank u [sic]! Cuz [sic] girlllllll [sic] Truth telling, wanting change & having MULTIPLE witnesses who bravely came forward to let EVERYONE know I didn’t lie or exaggerate, really exposes those who enthusiastically will throw you under the bus, forgetting quickly who stepped up 4 THEIR truth.”
She then responded to another writer by tweeting, “Why anyone would gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed… But we already know.”
She tweeted, “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!”
The investigation will reportedly be complete at the end of January.