Gabrielle Union Breaks Silence on ‘Toxic Work Environment’ of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Published: Wednesday 27th May 2020 by Rashad

As we reported here in November, Gabrielle Union was unexpectedly fired from her judge role on season 14 of NBC’s hit reality talent show, ‘America’s Got Talent’ – move that led the actress to express concerns about the show’s ‘toxic work culture’ to the network’s Human Resources department.

After NBC initially responded to Union’s claims with a statement that praised the series’ long history of “inclusivity and diversity,” the official investigation – made public this month as we reported here – found her claims to have no merit.

The investigation’s findings came ahead of the ‘Being Mary Jane’ star’s first publicized interview about her time on the show, featured on the most recent edition of ‘Variety.’

Look inside read highlights from her statement:

Union took to ‘Variety’ to discuss how she felt ‘AGT’s work environment was ‘toxic’ from the start as the show’s creator and fellow judge, Simon Cowell, smoked in front of her despite knowing she’s allergic.

She claims she addressed the issue with producers, but said nothing was done as a result.

“[I was] coming on to a set and you are literally met with the very definition of a toxic work environment, and it’s being carried out by the most powerful person on the production,” she says of Cowell’s smoking. “I couldn’t escape. I ended up staying sick for two months straight. It was a cold that lingered, and turned into bronchitis, because I couldn’t shake it. It impacted my voice, which affects my ability to do my job.”

She continued by stating:

“It was challenging to tend to my illness without being made to feel like I’m responsible for my own sickness,” she says. “It put me in a position from day one where I felt othered. I felt isolated. I felt singled out as being difficult, when I’m asking for basic laws to be followed. I want to come to work and be healthy and safe and listened to.”



Click here to read the full interview.

[photo courtesy: Melodie McDaniel for Variety]

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  1. Only Facts May 27, 2020

    We support you queen! Simon will be canceled one of these days. It’s clear that he’s nasty to people behind the scenes

  2. Clarks0o0ñ May 27, 2020

    She’s so problematic
    Shes always having issues with her employers
    First it was BET network, now this

    She tries too hard to be a social justice advocate.

    What can I say, she can afford to pìss every big name in the business cause she’s married to a wealthy athlete.
    It’s called ” f**** u money”

  3. Misty+Knight May 27, 2020

    She sues everybody. Complains about everybody. She always has a complaint. She’s a crybaby and I don’t support her. Simon Cowell gave her an opportunity and she crapped all over him. She’s allergic to cigarette smoke? Bull. Then why does she live in LA, where the smog and pollution could choke a horse.

  4. Bebo+p. May 27, 2020

    She always complain and cry I don’t get it
    that why she never will get big movies like Lupita or even jlo

  5. Theelusive1 May 28, 2020

    Dear Mrs. ENTITLED. Do you realize we deal with racist, hateful, homophobic WHITE PEOPLE every day. We have bills to pay so we keep it cute. did you think because you got a few coins….you were given a pass????

  6. PinotNoir May 28, 2020


    Fom her confessing to eat b***.

    Is THE toxic culture she’s around.


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