Julianne Hough Praises Gabrielle Union for ‘Speaking Her Truth’ on ‘AGT’ Controversy

06 Décembre, 2019, 09:20 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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On Wednesday, Union tweeted that had a five-hour "productive" meeting with the Peacock network.

After Gabrielle Union was relieved of her host duties on "America's Got Talent", many celebrities rushed to the actress' defense on social media amid claims that there was discrimination involved in her firing.

"We need to start conversations and I just commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation", Hough said during the third hour of "Today" on Thursday.

The specific comment Julianne Hough is referring to is Gabrielle Union's tweet about her "productive" meeting with NBC. "I'm really proud of NBC as well for also showing up and starting a narrative and that's what's going to change the workplace and the paradigm that we've been working in for many many years and is shifting and I think that's really exciting".

Hough's first statement on the matter to Variety denied reports that she experienced criticism on her hair on the show, while also promoting Holiday with the Houghs.

Hough now says she "reached out" to Union but hopes to actually speak with her upon her return to Los Angeles.

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News broke on November 22 that Hough and Union - who joined the season 14 AGT judging panel in February, replacing spots vacated by Mel B and Heidi Klum - would not be returning for the show's 15th season.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Union also met with Fremantle and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment after she reportedly complained of a toxic work environment that included a racist joke and production notes that told Union her hairstyles were "too black". Additionally, several sources alleged that Gabrielle Union filed complaints with NBC producers that were disregarded, including one about a racially charged incident involving a white contestant darkening his hands to emulate Beyonce, and Jay Leno's inappropriate comments.

"'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 series producer said in a statement "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".

As a result, NBC and the SAG-AFTRA union have opened investigations into the allegations. However, it remains unclear whether Julianne Hough will further discuss the controversy in the near future.

America's Got Talent will return with a new season in the summer of 2020.

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