Hollywood Actress, Gabrielle Union & NBC settle dispute over racism allegations behind the scenes at ‘America’s Got Talent’

Gabrielle Union

According to recent report, Variety revealed that Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union believed she was fired from reality tv series because she had asked NBC and the show’s producers to respond to an environment that tolerated racist jokes and remarks from judges and producers.

Gabrielle Union and NBC said last week Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the reality show tolerated racism on the set.

“We’ve reached an amicable resolution,” Union and the network said via a joint statement.

“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 are treated with respect.”

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Both sides declined further comment, and would not give further details.

Union, known for her contribution in the films “Bring It On” and “Bad Boys II,” appeared on the talent showcase created by Simon Cowell for a season, until she and fellow first-year judge Julianne Hough weren’t asked to return.

According to Variety soon after that Union, who is Black, believed she was fired because she had asked NBC and the show’s producers to respond to an environment that tolerated racist jokes and remarks from judges and producers.

Union gave detailed accounts of the issues in a complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing that she filed back in June, saying she received criticism of her hair from producers that were rooted in racism.

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“Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience,” the complaint revealed, adding that a network executive and a show producer “informed Union’s manager that her hair was ‘too wild’ and that it needed to be ‘toned down.’”


NBC said in May that outside investigators brought in by the network and producers found that Union’s allegations had no basis and no bearing on the decision to drop her as a judge.

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