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Gabrielle Union ‘hopes for real change’ after ‘5-hour productive meeting’ with NBC

Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America’s Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and ‘toxicity that has become normalized’ in the work place.

‘We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,’ 47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday.

‘I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.’ 

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America's Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and 'toxicity that has become normalized' in the work place (pictured on September 18)

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America's Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and 'toxicity that has become normalized' in the work place (pictured on September 18)

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America’s Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and ‘toxicity that has become normalized’ in the work place (pictured on September 18)

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: 'We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change'

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: 'We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change'

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: ‘We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change’

A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough’s contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show.

The conflict was reportedly sparked when Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April.

On Sunday night, Jay Leno made his first comments since the firing of Union from the reality series after complaining about his racist anti-Korean joke.

Jay – who guest starred in an episode which aired in April – said: ‘I love Gabrielle Union, she’s a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her, she’s really good.’ 

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough's (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough's (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough’s (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show 

In the spotlight:  The conflict was reportedly sparked when Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April

In the spotlight:  The conflict was reportedly sparked when Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April

In the spotlight:  The conflict was reportedly sparked when Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April

He was then asked if she was treated fairly but the former host of the Tonight Show remained mum when queried if she was treated fairly.

Leno said: ‘I don’t know but I think she’s a great girl’

Since the initial reports Dwayne Wade confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they’re baffled by her booting from the show.

Taking to Twitter late Wednesday, Wade inferred that Variety ‘s report was accurate, stating that his wife is ‘an advocate for our community and culture.’ 

Dynamic duo: Since the initial reports Dwayne Wade (R) confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they're baffled by her booting

Dynamic duo: Since the initial reports Dwayne Wade (R) confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they're baffled by her booting

Dynamic duo: Since the initial reports Dwayne Wade (R) confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they’re baffled by her booting 

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as 'too black' for the show's core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as 'too black' for the show's core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as ‘too black’ for the show’s core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Wade took to Twitter Wednesday morning, where he addressed the report

Wade took to Twitter Wednesday morning, where he addressed the report

Wade took to Twitter Wednesday morning, where he addressed the report

‘As proud as I was of her being selected as a judge on #AGT — I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,’ the Miami Heat shooting guard wrote. 

She also received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as ‘too black’ for the show’s core audience, according to four sources with direct knowledge. 

On Monday, women’s advocacy group Time’s Up – which is responsible for the #MeToo movement in Hollywood – issued a very strongly worded statement in support of Union as they condemned NBCUniversal.

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition - judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) - are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition - judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) - are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition – judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) – are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

Supporters: The women's advocacy group Time's Up has spoken out in support of the L.A.'s Finest actress along with Howard Stern, Elizabeth Banks, Ariana Grande, Jameela Jamil, Ellen Pompeo, Debra Messing, Patricia Arquette, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Supporters: The women's advocacy group Time's Up has spoken out in support of the L.A.'s Finest actress along with Howard Stern, Elizabeth Banks, Ariana Grande, Jameela Jamil, Ellen Pompeo, Debra Messing, Patricia Arquette, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Supporters: The women’s advocacy group Time’s Up has spoken out in support of the L.A.’s Finest actress along with Howard Stern, Elizabeth Banks, Ariana Grande, Jameela Jamil, Ellen Pompeo, Debra Messing, Patricia Arquette, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

On Monday, women’s advocacy group Time’s Up – which is responsible for the #MeToo movement in Hollywood – issued a very strongly worded statement in support of Union as they condemned NBCUniversal.

CEO Tina Tchen blasted the media giant for what she observed as a ‘pattern’ within NBC as an institution in which they protect powerful men while retaliating against women who speak out.

She said: ‘Gabrielle Union’s experience at ‘America’s Got Talent’ is exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work.

‘Not only did Union reportedly endure and witness racist and inappropriate behavior – including racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance – but it also appears she was punished for speaking out: the company labeled her as ‘difficult’ before ousting her from the show altogether.’

Stars have come out in support of Union, with Eva Longoria the latest to publicly voice her criticism of NBC. Writing on Instagram on Monday the actress said: ‘What @gabunion experienced on set at @NBC’s #AmericasGotTalent is unacceptable.’

‘It’s time for @NBCUniversal to commit to long-term, concrete action to fix its toxic workplace culture and ensure safety and equity for all its workers. Add your name through @timesupnow Instagram story. #TimeUp on the imbalance of power.’

Radio host Howard Stern, who was a judge on AGT between 2012 and 2015, also spoke out on the claims on Monday. Speaking on his radio show Stern tore into Cowell, saying: ‘How is it that that freak Simon Cowell has orchestrated this?’

‘He has set it up that the men stay no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how ugly they are – no matter how talentless they are.’

‘What he manages to do on all his shows is he constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks. Which is so obvious.’

Sharon Osbourne, who spent six seasons as an AGT judge, has spoken out about having her ‘own problems’ with NBC.

Sharon, 67, shared her own experience, explaining she only left AGT in 2012 ‘because of NBC’ and not because of the atmosphere on set, as she insisted ‘the crew and everybody’ were ‘amazing to her’.

On Monday’s episode of ‘The Talk’, she said: ‘It’s hard. Everybody’s experience on a show is different, and I was at that show for six years. I didn’t get let go. I left. And that’s the truth. I left because NBC, not because of the show.

‘I had my own problems with the network. I don’t know about any of her concerns about the show.’

Sharon didn’t want to comment on Gabrielle’s concerns over the racially insensitive acts on set. She added: ‘Obviously, there wasn’t anybody of colour on the panel when I was there. So, I honestly can’t say. But when I was there it was, you know, a great show to work on.

‘The crew and everybody was amazing to me, everybody, except the network.’

 


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