Gabrielle Union Considering Taking Legal Action Over ‘America’s Got Talent’ Firing
NBC’s shocking decision to fire Gabrielle Union from her spot as an “America’s Got Talent” judge after one season, could lead to a lawsuit.
According to new reports, Gabrielle Union is,
“exploring her legal options against the network.”
Reportedly, Gabrielle Union previously signed a three-year contract with NBC, but the network had the choice to select her or drop her after each season. Her team was told on Nov. 22 that the network decided not to keep her for the upcoming season. This was said to be a shocker since social media played a major part with advertisers, and Union had more followers and engagement than all of her three current co-judges combined, as well as the previous judges combined. She held down at least half of the social media traffic alone.
While there was an argument that Union would simply serve as a “rotating judge,” that argument didn’t stand as judge Howie Mandel has been on the series for years while other female judges are rotated.
According to reports, the actress was informed that a 10-year-old Black rapper wasn’t going to be selected because the competitive talent show
“needed a contestant ‘Amerca could get behind.'”
The child later allegedly collapsed on stage after being told he was eliminated (despite his well-received reaction from the crowd). That part was cut from the show when it aired. Union was reportedly so upset about the elimination that she went outside for five minutes.
When she returned, judge and executive producer Simon Cowell was reportedly livid and gave Union a stern talking to in his dressing room. He also reportedly asked her to come to him with her issues, not the network. Union allegedly saw this as Simon Cowell’s attempt to hide workplace problems.
There also are reports that Simon Cowell illegally smoked indoors, and producers began viewing Union as “difficult” when she took issue with the habit and stated that it was bad for her voice and health, as well as the staff and crew.
Still, despite her efforts, she was unable to get anyone to check Cowell about it, including the fire marshall. Because the theater’s dressing rooms didn’t have closed doors, the smoke often made its way into the area.
The producers also allegedly didn’t like Union asking the drag contestants what pronouns they preferred to be addressed as. Seven insiders told Yashar Ali that producers perceived Union’s push for diversity as
Union also reportedly looked out for the staff and crew and wanted to maintain a healthy work environment for those on and off camera, which also allegedly ruffled feathers.
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