The ladies of “The Real” are showing support for Gabrielle Union following her exit from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
On Sunday, the actress — who says she spoke out about the show’s hostile work environment while employed — seemingly addressed the controversy by posting a tweet from freelance writer Joelle Monique.
While adding, “This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!” Union shared the following message, in which Monique outlines what constitutes a “solid apology.”
This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!! https://t.co/RCrtKtkQ4L— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2019
Union posted this shortly after “AGT” co-judge Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, NBC, and production company Fremantle released a statement on the matter.
“’America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show,” a spokesperson said. “The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for 'AGT's' enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”
During Monday’s live episode, “The Real” hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, Loni Love and Adrienne Houghton — along with guest co-host Rachel Lindsay — reacted to Union’s latest drama with the network.
To begin, Mowry-Housley mentioned how several celebrities, including Ellen Pompeo and Debra Messing, publicly defended Union on social media.
It’s unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it...has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) November 28, 2019
this is a teaching moment..It’s important..white girls I’m talking to you..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines. Don’t cut side deals & don’t not get involved because it isn’t your issue..because it is— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) November 28, 2019
Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it’s okay.— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) November 28, 2019
Thank you for this @EllenPompeo. This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades. Yes, women become “difficult,” when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored. Addressing a hostile work https://t.co/gcI0nKLat0— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 28, 2019
Lindsay brought up Union’s successful track record in Hollywood.
“I think another thing to remember is that Gabrielle Union has been in the industry for years, and we never hear anything about her. She’s not problematic, she never has any issues,” she explained. “I think you have to realize, 'I know these are allegations, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire.'”
The star of “The Bachelorette” continued, “You have to start paying attention to what she’s saying, and I think it’s fantastic that actresses are speaking up and speaking out about it because there’s strength in numbers, and we need to see more of that.”
Houghton also praised Pompeo for standing in solidarity with Union.
“I love that Ellen Pompeo spoke up,” Adrienne exclaimed. “I think it’s always great to see your allies, and women coming together no matter what your race is.”
Last month, Love B Scott reported Union was allegedly fired after speaking up about “problematic” situations on the show.
Per a November 26 Variety report, Gabrielle reportedly urged producers to speak to human resources after guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made a racially insensitive joke during a segment.
“I just was shocked,” Mai commented about the Leno allegation. “A legend, in nighttime talk, who’s been world-traveled and cultured.”
Variety also reported Union expressed concerns after a white male performer allegedly did a bit in which he portrayed people of color.
Additionally, Union and fellow ousted judge, Julianne Hough, reportedly received excessive notes on their physical appearance. Per the report, Gabrielle was allegedly told her hair styles were “too black” for the “AGT” audience.