NBC Breaks Silence On Gabrielle Union's 'America's Got Talent' Firing As SAG-AFTRA Launches Investigation

December 02 2019

The backlash continues against NBC and America's Got Talent after it was revealed that Gabrielle Union was fired from the show after opposing and pushing back against alleged sexism, racism and an overall toxic work environment.

The joint statement released on Sunday from NBC and the show's producers, Fremantle and Syco, reads: “We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture.” The statement also says that they 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.”

This comes as Gabrielle Union co-signed a tweet over the weekend from entertainment writer and culture critic Joelle Monique:

In addition, SAG-AFTRA has also launched a probe into the AGT workplace. The organization's statement says, "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. For certain matters, our investigation and enforcement need to happen independently and we are prepared to handle this issue accordingly, as warranted. Our enforcement action is usually handled confidentially to protect the member involved, and we typically do not publicize these matters unless the member requests that we do so. While we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now."

 

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Report: Gabrielle Union Fired From 'America's Got Talent' For Opposing Racist, Sexist Culture

 

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by Trey Mangum on December 02 2019

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