Gabrielle Union Was Reportedly Told Her Hairstyles Were ‘Too Black’ Before Being Fired from ‘America’s Got Talent’

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It was originally thought that America’s Got Talent judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough amicably parted ways from the reality show, but a new report from Variety details a toxic work environment behind the scenes.

Gazing upon a picture of executive producer Simon Cowell with his dogs, Leno reportedly said the dogs looked like something you’d find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant,” Variety reports. Union reportedly spoke up against the racist joke and asked for the incident to be reported to human resources. Although the joke never aired, it was also never reported to human resources, just one example of racist insensitivities on set.

Union and Hough both reportedly were given various notes about their physical appearance while working on the reality talent competition. Union was also reportedly told multiple times that her hairstyles were “too black” for the America’s Got Talent audience, while Hough was critiqued often on her hair, makeup and outfits.

Hough has denied the allegations. “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC,” she said. Union has not offered any comment as of yet, but sources at NBC told gossip website LoveBScott that she was fired directly as a result of speaking out about “problematic situations.”

America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show,” NBC and Fremantle, a production company, told USA TODAY in a statement regarding the allegations. “The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

Dwyane Wade, Union’s husband, spoke out about his wife’s firing in a Twitter thread Wednesday.

Source: Complex

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