Following Gabrielle Union’s controversial firing as a host of America’s Got Talent, NBC is speaking out about the ongoing SAG-AFTRA investigation concerning the removal of the actress and the work environment of the show.
For those unfamiliar, Union was fired from her position as a host on the show for vocalizing her opposition to the show's alleged racist and sexist work environment. SAG-AFTRA also launched a probe into the AGT workplace. During the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment president, deemed the investigation “really serious” and said that the results should be available towards the end of January
“I can’t deny it and that’s being handled by lawyers,” Telegdy said. “We certainly take anyone’s critique who comes to work here incredibly seriously.”
In December, Union seemed to respond to her AGT firing in a women empowerment and inclusivity panel in Soho, Manhattan.
"Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid," Union said. "Don’t allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It’s terrifying. There’s a solid chance you’ll lose your job…I speak from experience." While the Being Mary Jane actress didn't outright mention America's Got Talent, many perceived her quotes as a response to her firing.
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