‘The Real’ Reacts to Gabrielle Union’s Latest Statement About ‘AGT’ Exit

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.”

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.

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.


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