Jay Leno speaks out after Gabrielle Union's 'America's Got Talent' exit

Carla Harmon
December 3, 2019

Tina Tchen, president and chief executive officer of Time's Up Now, released a statement Monday stating, "Gabrielle Union's experience at "America's Got Talent" is exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work".

On Nov. 22, the news broke that Union and Julianne Hough, who had joined Cowell, Howie Mandel and Terry Crews as hosts for the 14th season of "America's Got Talent" this year, would not be returning.

The US actors' union is investigating the departure of America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union following reports that she voiced concerns about a "toxic" culture on the show. Shortly after, sources told entertainment news site LoveBScott that there was a racist and sexist culture behind the scenes, alleging that Union was sacked for bringing "problematic" on-set situations to light.

"We 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", the message continued.

Over the weekend Simon Cowell's entertainment company made their first comments about the controversy, assuring people the that are 'committed to ensuring a respectful workplace'. Drop 'em in a comment below. Union, 47, a Hollywood star known for roles in movies including "Bring It On" and "10 Things I Hate About You" and the BET drama series "Being Mary Jane", has not spoken publicly about her complaints.

"TIME'S UP applauds Union for her courage and once again calls on NBC to take these allegations seriously and take concrete steps to foster a safe and equitable workplace", the advocacy group said in a statement along with the petition.

The union that advocates for actors, TV personalities, journalists and singers issued a statement via Deadline, saying, "We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously".

Multiple people on set were upset by the joke, Variety reported, and Union reportedly urged producers to report the joke to the human resources department.

Seemingly after the latest statement from NBC and show producers was issued, Union retweeted a post from freelance writer Joelle Monique, who listed steps on the proper way to apologise. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground.

The "LA Finest" and "Being Mary Jane" star is emotionally worn out after not having her contract renewed, despite being the most popular judge on AGT, by far.

According to Variety, among the alleged incidents that occurred during Union's time on the show was Leno's set in which he joked about Koreans eating a dog, as well as an act that she found racially insensitive during the audition rounds. Humbled and thankful, forever ❤.

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