NBC and Gabrielle Union Reportedly Settle After ‘America’s Got Talent’ Exit
Things ended badly after Gabrielle Union judged season 14 of America’s Got Talent. She wasn’t asked to return, and soon reports were released about what happened between her other stars like Simon Cowell. Now a statement has been released about the parties resolving their issues with each other.
Gabrielle Union accused an NBC executive of intimidation
The actor lated filed a complaint claiming NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy threatened her. Union’s attorney, Bryan Freedman told Variety:
On or about February 4, 2020, Telegdy threatened Union through her agent and warned Union’s agent that Union had better cease from pursuing her claims of racism while filming AGT. To hide behind the fact that Telegdy did not call her directly but her agent instead does not absolve him from his wrongful conduct. Should Mr. Telegdy wish to see phone records or call sheets from the date of his threat, we can make those available for the world to see.Bryan Freedman, Variety
The complaint also included Fremantle and Simon Cowell’s Syco. NBC also conducted an investigation into some of the claims made about the show’s workplace. One of the claims is that Union’s hair was considered “too Black” for the audience.
A rep claimed in May the investigation “revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time,” according to Page Six. NBC then announced changes were made.
NBC announced changes
NBCUniversal TV and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus made an announcement about changes coming to NBC in July, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He sent out a memo claiming there will be new resources for employees. Part of the memo reads:
To support this effort, we have started to provide our third-party production partners with a variety of additional resources that reflect those provided to our in-house productions, including: respectful workplace policies, training materials tailored to the various types of production, and additional channels through which workers can report workplace concerns, including Comcast NBCUniversal Listens, which allows for anonymous reporting.Mark Lazarus
Union reacted to this news by tweeting, “Great start by NBC to recognize the need to not turn away & ignore racial & gender discrimination on programs like #AGT. More changes are needed however like stopping executives from intimidating talent from sharing their experience of racism in their own workplace investigations.” It was later announced Telegdy is no longer with the company in August.
They reportedly reached a resolution
Page Six reports NBC and Gabrielle Union have reached a settlement on Sept. 29. An NBC spokesperson and Union gave a statement.
“We’ve reached an amicable resolution,” they said. “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 can be treated with respect.”
America’s Got Talent Season 15 has recently ended with Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum as judges. Union has continued working on other shows including L.A.’s Finest.