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Gabrielle Union Breaks Her Silence Amid Rumors Of Her Being ‘Fired’ From ‘AGT’ For Wearing ‘Too Black’ Hairstyles + D. Wade Also Chimes In

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Gabrielle Union breaks her silence amid rumors that she was fired as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” New reports say they gave her the boot because she was wearing “too black” hairstyles. Gabby’s husband Dwyane Wade also chimes in. Everything inside…

 

Over the last few days, Gabrielle Union was in the headlines as rumors about her being fired as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” were circulating. In fact, both Gabby and fellow Julianne Hough are exiting the competition series after one season.

It was first reported Gabby was fired from the NBC show for speaking out about “problematic” racism, which involved an incident with Jay Leno, and sexism going on behind-the-scenes at the show. And it was rumored “AGT” judge/executive Simon Cowell was the one who supposedly had her fired.

Then, Variety reported the 47-year-old exited the show due to its “toxic culture” that included “excessive notes” on her appearance. A source told Variety the “Being Mary Jane” actress was given feedback about her physical appearance, which included critiquing the hairstyles she wore that were considered “too black” for viewers. She is said to have received this note from producers “half a dozen times.”

As for the incident with Jay Leno, it’s reported the late night talk show host made a racist joke during a taping of the show.

“Leno made a crack about a painting on display in a hallway of Simon Cowell, the show’s executive producer and judge, surrounded by his dogs,” a source told the site. “Leno joked that the pets looked like something one would find ‘on the menu at a Korean restaurant.'”

Many Asian staff members – and others – found the joke offensive and it ended up being scraped from the episode when it aired on August 6th. Gabby reportedly spoke out about the incident and sought to have it reported to the Human Resources department, however, nothing was done despite the incident being brought to an executive on the show.

NBC denied the claims and issued a statement saying the show “has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. 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.”

It’s unclear if Gabrielle Union was fired or if she left the show. What we do know is, she isn’t coming back. The 47-year-old actress hopped on Twitter to break her silence amid all of the drama.

"So many tears, so much gratitude," she tweeted. "THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone... you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever."

Before Gabby broke her silence, her husband/former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade addressed the “AGT” drama.

"'Men lie, Women lie, numbers don't" over this past year I've been approaching by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they've started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show," he tweeted. "So when I got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question," he continued.

"But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she's an advocate for our community and culture. As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that's US.”

Peep his tweets below:

 

 

Gabby also posted this: 

 

 

She captioned a picture of her husband kissing her forehead with the caption, "Lord, you KNOW I'm tryin... whew and breathe. Support is everything. @dwyanewade"

You’ll recall, a similar situation happened with former “AGT” host Nick Cannon as well. Nick made claims that he was threatened with termination by executives over a joke he made about NBC on a Showtime stand-up comedy special. They forced his hand after he hosted 8 seasons.

 

Several celebs have tweeted support for Gabby including sports newscaster Jemele Hill, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Ellen Pompeo, singer Ariana Grande, and 2020 presidential hopeful Julián Castro:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TIME's Up movement also tweeted their support:

 

 

Thoughts?

 

 

 

Photos: DFree / Shutterstock.com

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