"I don't learn about any of her considerations concerning the present", she stated of Union's gripes with producers. "Obviously, there wasn't anybody of color on the panel when I was there, so I honestly can't say", she added. "But when I was there it was, you know, a great, great show to work on". "Union's story is deeply troubling on its own, but her experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern of NBCUniversal protecting the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out". Reports claimed Union was sacked after she was perceived as hard by Cowell and his team of producers for speaking up about workplace concerns.
If Union was sacked because of her comments about Leno, the former talk show host doesn't harbor any hard feelings towards her. She said Jack was sacked by email just two days before he was scheduled to report to work. Four sources told the publication that Union was told her various hairstyles were "too black" for the AGT audience. Even Howard Stern, who was a former "America's Got Talent" judge, slammed the show's creator and judge Simon Cowell as being biased towards men and only hiring women due to their looks.
Central to her complaint is a joke cracked by guest judge Jay Leno earlier this year about a painting portraying Cowell surrounded by dogs, which he said looked like they could be found "on the menu at a Korean restaurant".
Meanwhile, the show's creator and host Simon Cowell, has been severely criticized and blamed for the culture.
'He has field it up that the males preserve despite how outdated they're, despite how stout they're, despite how grotesque they're - despite how talentless they're'.
In late November, it was announced that Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to AGT next season. Howie Mandel is the show's longest-serving judge, having joined in 2010.
The brief statement did not sit well with some fans of the 47-year-old actress, who said Crews should have come to his defense with more vehemence.
On Sunday, the network and producers Fremantle and Simon Cowell's Syco released a statement saying, "We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate", the network said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
Union took issue with the offhand remark, which she deemed offensive to Asian people, and allegedly requested producers to raise it with human resources - a request that was not fulfilled, sources told Variety. "Gabrielle has always been an activist and wants to make positive change so nothing like this happens again".