Amid stories that Gabrielle Union was fired from America’s Got Talent after talking out in opposition to “problematic” discrimination insurance policies comes not-so-shocking details about notes she reportedly acquired from producers concerning her hairstyles.
Variety first reported that Union and Julianne Hough would each be not returning to the expertise competitors collection, and Love B. Scott was the primary to report that Union taking situation with NBC’s “problematic” racism, sexism and extra was the reasoning behind her being let go from the present.
“They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim,” one insider advised B. Scott.
Additionally, in a follow-up report, Variety revealed that Union and Hough each acquired “excessive notes on their physical appearance,” together with their hair, make-up and wardrobe, which reportedly led to rigidity between the hosts and manufacturing.
Insiders mentioned staffers from the present complained greater than half a dozen instances about Union’s hairstyles, saying that they had been “too black” for the present’s viewers.
One NBC supply, nevertheless, rebutted the notion that Union was the one one who acquired suggestions about hair continuity throughout AGT Season 14, saying that Hough acquired notes as properly.
While Union has declined to touch upon the report, Hough—who has two reveals within the works with NBC—denied the claims in a press release, saying: “I had a wonderful time on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ I loved working with the cast, crew and producers.”
Hough added: “I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
Variety‘s report additionally says that Union was a witness to 2 “racially insensitive” incidents that bothered her and different AGT staffers.
One reportedly concerned a latest visitor look from late-night host Jay Leno, who allegedly made a racist joke a couple of portrait of Simon Cowell along with his canine, saying that the animals appeared like one thing you could possibly discover “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.”
The report notes that Union urged producers of the present to report the incident to HR, however they refused and easily lower Leno’s remark earlier than the section aired.
The different alleged racially charged incident occurred throughout an audition taping of the newest season when a white male contestant impersonating well-known singers wore darkish make-up on his arms whereas portraying Beyoncé.
Union and different staffers reportedly requested producers to take away the contestant from the present’s lineup, however they didn’t, and allowed the person to carry out his racially insensitive act in entrance of a dwell viewers, telling objectors they’d “take it out later”—a standard phrase amongst producers, sources mentioned.
In response to Variety‘s report, NBC launched the next assertion:
“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host lineup has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”
America’s Got Talent Season 14 was Union and Hough’s first season as judges on the present, after changing former judges Mel B and Heidi Klum.
Judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, in addition to host Terry Crews, are anticipated to return for Season 15.