SAG-AFTRA Investigating Gabrielle Union's Ouster
The circumstances behind Gabrielle Union’s ouster from NBC’s America’s Got Talent are being investigated by SAG-AFTRA.
A spokesperson for the actors’ union told ET: "We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union's representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member."
"For certain matters, our investigation and enforcement needs to happen independently and we are prepared to handle this issue accordingly, as warranted," the statement continued. "Our enforcement action is usually handled confidentially to protect the member involved, and we typically do not publicize these matters unless the member requests that we do so."
SAG-AFTRA added that, "while we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now."
Meanwhile, NBC and AGT’s production teams have also issued statements saying the "remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture."
"We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate," the statement added.
In apparent response to the statement, Union then retweeted a list stipulating how to make a real apology. It read: “1. Sincerely admit wrong doing directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own a--."
Union was reportedly let go after expressing concern over the show’s “toxic culture.” She was reportedly upset over what she considered to racially insensitive jokes and the fact that her hairstyle was deemed “too black” for AGT audiences.
One alleged incident involved guest host Jay Leno.
"Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of Simon Cowell, the show's executive producer and judge, surrounded by his dogs," Variety reported. "Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find 'on the menu at a Korean restaurant.'"
Leno didn’t address the incident, but told TMZ: “I love Gabrielle Union. She’s a great girl.”
Multiple celebrities, including Ellen Pompeo, Sophia Bush, Ariana Grande and Debra Messing rallied to her defense on social media.