Gabrielle Union said Wednesday she had a “productive” meeting with NBC brass over her firing from America’s Got Talent.
“We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,” the actress tweeted. “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
NBC released a statement after the meeting, saying there will be a “further investigation” regarding Union’s claims about the culture at the show.
“While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution,” the network said.
SAG-AFTRA, the union representing actors and hosts, has also launched an investigation into what the actress described as a “toxic” environment at the series.
Union’s AGT contract was terminated last month after she served as a judge for one season.
Fellow judge Julianne Hough was also let go after one season, although the actress and dancer said in a statement she had “a wonderful time” on the show and will continue her “working relationship with NBC.”
Fellow judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews are all expected to return for season 15 in 2020. Cowell created America’s Got Talent and serves as a producer.
On Tuesday, former AGT judge Sharon Osbourne blasted Cowell and NBC, saying the show is run like a “boys club,” with female judges treated differently than their male counterparts.
“It is a boys club, okay, it is,” she said on The Talk. “And the boys take care of each other and the women are not paid as much as the men.”
“I was on the show before Howie. I was one of them that helped put the show where it was,” said Osbourne who served on the judging panel for six seasons.
She went on to slam Cowell, saying the ratings were higher when he stayed behind the scenes.
“Simon owns the show and the time I was there, Simon was never on the show. So when the show was doing 16 million, 14 million, Simon was never there,” she said.
Osbourne also claimed Mandel was given more perks.
“They brought Howie in. He got his own plane,” she said. “I love Howie, and I don’t begrudge anyone earning what they earn… But, when my old ass has been there building the show, and I get an American Airlines ticket and he gets a private plane.”
Osbourne later said, “NBC can kiss my ass.”