While Thanksgiving Week is typically a rather quiet time for news, there was a big America’s Got Talent story that took center stage. It revolved around the exit of Gabrielle Union, and also reports of difficult and unfair treatment behind the scenes.
While Union has not officially commented on the matter (which claims that she was reportedly judged on her appearance), there’s enough smoke here for there to be fire. Take, for example, Union’s husband Dwyane Wade speaking out in support of her, or even Union retweeting a post today about the proper way to apologize.
Following all of the allegations, today NBC and the show’s producers at Fremantle and Syco issued (per Deadline) a new statement all about the subject:
“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.”
It’s hard to discern precisely what the final result of this story is going to be. Yet, simultaneously it’s clear that AGT has some issues to address behind the scenes when it comes to creating a comfortable environment for all. Its success on the air cannot mask any sort of problems that are going on behind the scenes.
America’s Got Talent will be back on the air in January with a new season of The Champions, but Union is not going to be a part of it. Instead, her and Julianne Hough (who is also not returning for the 2020 summer season) were replaced by former AGT judge Heidi Klum and also Alesha Dixon, who has been a longtime part of sister series Britain’s Got Talent. There are no official judges set for the upcoming proper season of the show, and it could be some time before things are finalized there for good.
What do you think about the new statement by NBC and the show’s producers? Be sure to share now in the comments. Also, stick around for some other news. (Photo: NBC.)