Gabrielle Union’s departure from America’s Got Talent continues to make headlines.
As fans of the actress will know, it was announced in late November that she and Julianne Hough will not be returning to the NBC competition series after one season.
Both Union and Hough had just joined the series as judges earlier this year, raising questions as to why they would not be back.
Days after it was revealed that Union and Hough would not return for season 15, a report surfaced from Variety stating that Union had expressed concern over “offensive” incidents that occurred during her time at AGT.
Now, with each passing day, new details and statements continue to emerge about Union’s departure from the show. Union, as well as her husband Dwyane Wade, have also spoken out following her departure from the series. So, as more details arise, we’re taking a look at everything we know about Union’s exit from AGT.
A spokesperson for NBC confirms to Variety that Union and Hough will not be returning to the series for the next season in 2020. Union and Hough had replaced previous judges Heidi Klum and Mel B for the show’s 14th season, which started airing in May 2019.
Four days after news of Union and Hough’s departure emerged, another Variety report is published stating that Union, during her time at AGT, had expressed concern over “offensive” incidents, which reportedly took place on the set.
One of the alleged incidents involved a visit to AGT from Jay Leno, during which he’s claimed to have made an inappropriate joke in front of Union and Hough.
Following this offensive incident, the report states, Union sought to have the joke reported to the human resources department. But, according the outlet, the situation was “never escalated” to HR even though the issue was allegedly brought to the attention of an executive.
The Variety report also claims Union and Hough were both given “excessive notes on their physical experience,” during their time at AGT, which took a toll on morale and “led to the tensions,” for Hough in particular. Though Hough later denied this.
Sources also the told outlet that Union received notes on her “rotating hairstyles,” which she was allegedly told were “too black” for the AGT audience.