‘America’s Got Talent’ reaches settlement with Gabrielle Union over toxic workplace allegations
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday reached a settlement with former judge Gabrielle Union after she alleged the show was a toxic work environment.
NBC and Union’s spokespeople said in a joint statement obtained by The Hill that they “reached an amicable resolution.”
“NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” the joint statement read.
The statement did not include details about the settlement.
The agreement comes after Union was removed from “America’s Got Talent” last year after one season following public complaints about the work environment.
Union said NBC executives threatened her career if she continued to allege toxicity on set. In particular, Union alleged hairstylists called her styles “too Black” for television.
“I will always want to be a part of creating a safer space for everyone who has a dream who comes to this crazy town and just wants a chance,” she said at the time. “The wheels of change are incredibly slow to move … the more that we stand up and speak out for injustice anywhere and everywhere, we cover all of us.”
NBC denied the claims, and a May joint investigation conducted by NBC and producer FremantleMedia determined Union’s allegations of racist treatment had “no bearing” on her firing.
Union in June filed a harassment complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against the show, specifically accusing former NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy of threatening her for speaking publicly about the alleged toxic work environment.
Telegdy left the network in August, one week after NBC started an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct, including Union’s claims and allegedly participating in homophobic, sexist and racist behavior.
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