Gabrielle Union and NBC both said Wednesday that they have had a “productive” first conversation on her firing from America’s Got Talent (AGT) and her allegations that she was removed over her complaints about racism and other troubling on-set behaviour.
“We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth,” Union tweeted.
“I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”
NBC said in a statement that the “initial conversation was candid and productive. While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution.”
Union’s lawyer Bryan Freedman said Tuesday’s meeting, which included representatives from Fremantle, the show’s production company, was a good start.
“We’re waiting to see the next steps on whether NBC is going to make sure that there are real changes made to protect both the contestants and the talent,” Freedman said.
In late November, it was announced that Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to AGT next season. Days later, Variety published a report claiming there was a “toxic culture” on the set of AGT.
According to Variety’s report, Union had concerns over offensive incidents that happened on set.
The report alleged that both judges were subject to “excessive notes” about physical appearance and claimed that AGT had a culture of toxic, racist jokes.
Variety also quoted multiple unnamed sources saying Union was told several times that her hairstyles were “too black” for the competition show.
The article also claimed that Union had expressed concerns over an incident during auditions in which she believed a white male performer crossed a line in portraying people of colour.
The report also claimed that Union had expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time on the show, including a joke made by guest judge Jay Leno in April that was later edited out of the show.
—With files from the Associated PressFollow @KatieScottNews
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