Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo and More Stars Rally Around Gabrielle Union After ‘AGT’ Exit
Stars are offering their support to Gabrielle Union following her exit from America’s Got Talent.
It was revealed last week that Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to the talent competition for the 2020 season; days later, Variety published a report claiming that Union had expressed concern about the show’s “toxic culture” to NBC’s Human Resources department.
NBC and Fremantle, the production company behind AGT, responded to the report with a statement praising AGT‘s long history of “inclusivity and diversity,” and explaining that its judging line-up is regularly “refreshed.” However, Union’s husband, Dwyane Wade, claimed on Twitter that the actress was fired.
Still, a source recently told ET that Union that she isn’t shutting the door on NBC.
“Although Gabrielle is done with AGT, she wants to work with NBC to help improve the culture surrounding the show and studio,” the source said. “Gabrielle has always been an activist and wants to make positive change so nothing like this happens again.”
Since the drama, a number of stars have publicly rallied around Union. Eva Longoria took to Instagram to show support for her friend, and called Union’s AGT experience “unacceptable.”
“What @gabunion experienced on set at @NBC’s #AmericasGotTalent is unacceptable,” she wrote. “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. ✊🏼.”
Ellen Pompeo also took to Twitter to weigh in on the situation, rallying around Union and encouraging others to do the same.
“It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it…has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage,” Pompeo began her series of tweets…….read more