NBC opens investigation into 'America's Got Talent' after Gabrielle Union's removal from show
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NBC News has reportedly opened a formal investigation into allegations of racist remarks and a hostile work environment by former “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union.

Network executives met with Union for a five-hour meeting Tuesday and NBC resolved to launch a wider-ranging probe afterward, according to Variety.


“The initial conversation was candid and productive. 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,” an NBC spokesperson said.

Union confirmed the meeting and said she was able to “express my unfiltered truth” to the network leaders.

“I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change,” she tweeted.

The initial Variety report last week alleged that Union was repeatedly told before her ouster from the reality competition series that her hairstyles were “too black.”

Union also reported that executive producer Simon Cowell frequently smoked indoors, which led to her developing a continual bronchial infection, according to Variety.

The latest meeting follows an outpouring of support from women in the industry for Union, with Time’s Up President and CEO Tina Tchen calling the allegations “exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work."

"Not only did Union reportedly endure and witness racist and inappropriate behavior -- including racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance -- but it also appears she was punished for speaking out: the company labeled her as 'difficult' before ousting her from the show altogether," Tchen said in a statement, according to CNN.

"Union's story is deeply troubling on its own, but her experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern of NBCUniversal protecting the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out,” she added.