Gabrielle Union Gets a Settlement From NBC Over Racism Allegations
And just like that… this saga is over. Maybe.
According to reports, NBC has negotiated a settlement with Gabrielle Union following her allegations of racism and misconduct on the set of America’s Got Talent after she was let go.
“We’ve reached an amicable resolution,” an NBC spokesperson told Page Six. “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.”
It’s reported that the actress may have been paid a settlement by Fremantle and Syco and NBC, which produce the show.
In case you forgot, Gabrielle complained about judge Simon Cowell smoking cigarettes on set and accused guest judge Jay Leno of making a racist joke.
She also claimed that producers deemed one of her hairstyles “too black” for the show.
NBC had previously conducted an investigation into her dismissal, which uncovered no wrongdoing — “When we heard Ms. Union had concerns about her time on the show, we took them extremely seriously,” the network said at the time.
The investigation reportedly included over 30 interviews.
“While the investigation has demonstrated an overall culture of diversity, it has also highlighted some areas in which reporting processes could be improved,” a network rep said at the time, adding that it “revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time.”
We’re so sad to see this kind of behavior take place on such a beloved show, but we’re also so proud of Gabrielle for standing up for what’s right!