Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough Reportedly Not Returning to 'America's Got Talent'
Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough previously expressed their interest to return for their second season on "America's Got Talent. But that's not going to happen according to the latest reports.
Well that was fast.
A SHORT-LIVED STINT
Variety exclusively revealed that Union and Hough will not be returning for the show’s 15th season. A reason was not provided but the publication confirmed that seasoned judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel will be returning as well as host Terry Crews who'll be back for his second season on the show.
Veteran judge, Simon told ET that the fate of Union and Hough was not up to him. “I don’t make those decisions,” he said.
Union and Hough replaced longtime judges Mel B and Heidi Klum when they debuted on the show’s 14th year. The season closed with outstanding ratings during its finale in September. In fact, it was the highest-rated show in the 18-49 demographic with over ten million viewers watching its final show.
THEIR THOUGHTS ON AGT
In September, Union opened up to People about her experience on “America’s Got Talent” and how it affected her.
“It’s emotional for me to watch people come so close to their dreams coming true and being so close. Seeing their faces contort and anguish in pain, I don’t like it. I don’t find that entertaining.”
Meanwhile, Hough lauded the show for being “so inclusive” in allowing people to express themselves.
HOW THEY FELT ABOUT RETURNING TO THE SHOW
Hough and Union have yet to comment on their short-lived stay in the show. Following the finale, Union was unsure of her future on the show telling ET she “didn’t know” if she was returning. “Hopefully they’ll have me back,” she added.
Hough had also hoped she would return for another season. "I hope so. I haven't heard anything,” she said and added that she “would be totally down” if she didn’t.
While their stint with “America’s Got Talent” is over, Hough and Union have other things to look forward to.
Union is currently working on the female reboot of “Bad Boys,” “L.A.’s Finest." The series which she produces and stars in opposite Jessica Alba is now on its second season. Hough, on the other hand, will feature in the Dolly Parton-inspired film, “Heartstrings” on Netflix.