Gabrielle Union confirmed on Wednesday that a meeting had taken place to improve workplace culture at America’s Got Talent, one week after it was reported how a toxic environment led to her firing. It was announced last month that neither Union nor Julianne Hough would be brought back as judges for season 15.
Union tweeted that she had "a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday." The 47-year-old actress added, "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."
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.— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 4, 2019
The news comes days after NBC, Simon Cowell’s company Syco Entertainment, and production company Fremantle released a joint statement saying they intended to work with Union to hear her concerns.
"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture," the statement read. "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."
It’s unclear what exactly was discussed at the meeting or who was present. Multiple reports claimed Union was fired after she was perceived as "difficult" by Cowell and his team of producers for raising concerns about racially insensitive situations.
Julianne Hough is also speaking out about the drama surrounding her departure — sort of. She’s beginning to promote her upcoming Christmas specials on (drum roll) NBC and was asked about the controversy during a Tuesday appearance on People Now alongside her brother Derek Hough.
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