Heidi Klum Says ‘A Lot Of People Got Mad At Me’ For Not Backing Gabrielle Union: I Was Called, For Example, A White Woman

Heidi Klum, Gabrielle Union

Heidi Klum Says ‘A Lot Of People Got Mad At Me’ For Not Backing Gabrielle Union: I Was Called, For Example, A White Woman

Former NBC “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum seemingly has an issue with being called a “white woman” while receiving criticism for her lack of support toward ex “AGT” judge Gabrielle Union. 

Gabrielle Union was fired after one season on the show in November, sparking a wave of criticism and reports that she was the victim of racial tensions behind the scenes. From reportedly being told her hair was “too black” to Gabrielle Union speaking up about the alleged toxic work environment, there have been several reported factors that played into NBC’s decision.

While Gabrielle Union hasn’t been quiet about the alleged racial tensions, Heidi Klum previously said her experience on the show was nothing like Gabby’s. She said last month,

“I’ve only had an amazing experience. I can’t speak for [Gabrielle Union]. I didn’t experience the same thing. To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.”

Now, she’s calling out the backlash she’s received for her comments. She told Page Six

 “A lot of people got mad at me. I was called, for example, ‘a white woman.’ I think it is important for everyone to speak their truth. I think that when there is a story, it should be told. I had a different story.”

“I can only speak to what I saw — it has nothing to do with what color I am. I am a human so I just looked at what I saw.”

Heidi Klum isn’t the first “AGT” star to disagree with Union’s experience. Current host Terry Crews was criticized in a major way after he failed to support Union.

He later said during an interview,

I haven’t reached out, but I haven’t heard anything…First of all, I can’t speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment.”

That didn’t sit right with Union as she responded on Twitter.

Terry Crews then seemed to appear unbothered, before he apologized in a series of tweets a few days later.


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Authored by: Char Patterson