Simon Cowell Named Animal Sanctuary Ambassador Amid Outrage over Gabrielle Union's Controversial Exit from AGT

Gracious Egedegbe
Dec 06, 2019
08:30 A.M.
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While "America's Got Talent" is still under attack from fans, following the exit of a favorite judge, Simon Cowell landed a new position as ambassador to a charitable Animal Rights organization.


Samuel Cowell recently got a new addition to his numerous professional positions as he was named one of the latest ambassadors of Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. 

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


This development comes amid public protests against the controversial exit of Gabrielle Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough from the NBC competition show.


Leona Lewis, of "X-Factor," made the official announcement of the 60-year-old's new position, stating that the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary selected the television competition host as their latest celebrity ambassador, alongside three other celebrities. 

Leona Lewis and Simon Cowell are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images


Being an animal lover, the chance at such a position left the talent manager excited to get right on to his new rescue mission, and he accepted the opportunity without question. 

Recalling his interaction with the "X Factor" winner, Simon noted:

"The passion that I felt from Leona was immense, and the way she described some of the individual rescue stories to me has made a huge impact."



The charity organization was set up to provide a safe home for neglected and abused animals while encouraging kindness towards them.

Currently, the animal shelter houses over 500 animals on an over 50 acres landmass in Essex, providing them a chance at a good life with warmth and love.

The new ambassador encouraged other animal lovers to join the excellent work Leona started and promote a haven for abused animals.

Simon Cowell attends the season 14 Live Show of "America's Got Talent" in Hollywood, California on August 13, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images



Cowell's new position comes weeks after Gabrielle, 47, and Hough were fired from their job as judges, which they assumed on the 14th season of the "AGT" show. 

The news that both judges would not be returning for the next season roused a public outrage due to the shady circumstances surrounding the ousting.

A previous report alleged the 47-year-old to have complained about racially insensitive remarks from fellow judges during her run on the NBC competition series.

Gabrielle Union attends "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 03, 2019, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images


Despite efforts to push for a less toxic environment, the issue was swept under the carpet by the HR. In addition to the racial bias, Gabrielle was also subjected to gender debasement with "excessive notes" about her looks.

A former judge on the show, Howard Stern, accused Cowell of being the brains behind Gabrielle's firing. A source also attested that the 60-year-old was the sole runner on the show, which puts him in a position to rub a lot of people the wrong way.

The source also alleged that the "AGT" was a "boy's club" supporting the actress's claims of gender debasement.

Howard Stern attends the Season Nine Red Carpet Event of "America's Got Talent in New York City on July 29, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images



Earlier this week, "The Talk" show host, Sharon Osbourne slammed "AGT" during an episode of her talk show, calling them out for being a boys' club where the female judges were treated unfairly.

She also recounted her experiences while serving as a judge on the series. Amid the controversies, Simon Cowell is set to uphold his love for animals, and secure their safety with his new role.