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Gabrielle Union Has 5-Hour Meeting with NBC after Her AGT Exit That Triggers Investigation

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 05, 2019
12:27 P.M.
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Gabrielle Union met with AGT execs to discuss her recent controversial exit, and she called the meeting a "productive" one. NBC said they'll now be investigating the matter further. 

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After her exit from "America's Got Talent," an outpouring of support came in for Gabrielle Union, 47. Still, the actress is doing her own thing to try and make a difference.

Following her interview with Variety about why she left, Union had a meeting with NBC executives on Wednesday. Afterward, she took to Twitter to let fans know how it went. 

Gabrielle Union attending a Prada fashion show in May 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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Union and NBC comment on meeting

The meeting went on for five hours, Union said in the tweet. It was productive thanks to the actress expressing her "unfiltered truth" with transparency. 

NBC also spoke on the meeting, calling it "candid and productive." Both parties offered no concrete conclusions, but NBC did say they would investigate more to better understand "the facts."

They added:  "We are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution." NBC is dealing with claims of having a toxic culture as a result of Union's allegations. 

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Union's initial complaints

The "Being Mary Jane" actress said that guest judge Jay Leno once made an offensive joke. When Union suggested that human resources be informed, nothing was done.

In other instances, the star claimed that she was not allowed to wear certain hairstyles because they were "too black" for AGT viewers. She also took issue with creator Simon Cowell smoking on the set.

Simon Cowell at the Live Show Red Carpet of "America's Got Talent" Season 14 in September 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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NBC's initial statement

NBC initially released a statement saying that the organization remains "committed to ensuring a respectful workplace culture." They said they'd work with Union to try and resolve her concerns. 

According to CNN, the Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is also opening an investigation into Union's situation. 

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Julianne Hough's reaction

Julianne Hough also took her leave from AGT last season, not having to go through what Union did. Hough spoke out yesterday about what's been going on. 

She said

"I would just say that — my goodness. I just believe and value at the highest regard that everybody has a voice and should be heard, first and foremost."

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AGT judge rotations

She went on to say that things are shifting in the workplace, and people are stepping up when they want to make changes. On AGT, though, the only changes were Hough and Union. 

Hosts Simon Cowell, Howie Mandell, and Terry Crews will stay on for season 15. The replacements for the women have not been announced as of Thursday. 

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