Gabrielle Union is shedding light on the NBC investigation surrounding her controversial stint on “America’s Got Talent.”
Earlier this month, Union filed a complaint against NBC, Cowell, Fremantle Productions and Syco, in which she alleged she was harassed and discriminated against due to her race and her refusal to stay quiet in the “toxic” environment.
In the complaint, obtained by TMZ, Union says she was terminated from “AGT” because she took issues with “racist jokes, racist performances, sexual orientation discrimination, and excessive focus on female judges’ appearances, including race-related comments.”
While appearing on the “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, the actress weighed in on the ongoing conversation of systemic racism amid the Black Lives Matter protests and opened up about the discrimination she claims she experienced during her short time as a judge on “AGT.”
Union, 47, not only slammed NBC Universal and the show’s production company, Fremantle Media, but she also called out producer and EP, Simon Cowell for his alleged smoking on set.
“With ‘AGT,’ trying to work within a system of — I thought it was the easiest show! How hard is it to, you know, watch jugglers? — That’s what I thought I signed up for,” Union told Noah. “Day one, you know, Simon Cowell is smoking cigarettes inside. I’ve worked a long time, I’ve worked with all kinds of people, I’ve never experienced that.”
She continued, “So, when your boss, the person who has the ability to determine who gets opportunities and who doesn’t, doesn’t believe the law applies to him or the rules apply to him and he does it in full view of NBC, Fremantle and Syco and no one cares about Simon Cowell, you know, exposing all of these employees to second-hand smoke. That’s day one, that’s within the first hour.”
“What message do you think that sends to anyone that has an issue with the very real racism and the lack of accountability?” Union added. “And it goes on and on and on.”
The “L.A.’s Finest” star then opened up about issues she had with NBC’s investigation, explaining how she thought it was going to be “independent.”
“I decided to participate in this investigation. They’re like ‘we’re going to commission this independent investigation,’” she said. “Well, silly me, I thought independent was independent, but when NBC and [producers] Fremantle and Syco paid for that investigation, they control it.”
Union then made a stunning claim that NBC chairman, Paul Telegdy, allegedly threatened her agent.
“I participated in this investigation, and the investigation was ongoing,” she said. “They turn over what they believe to be inflammatory things or things that are not advantageous to me, over to the head of NBC, Paul Telegdy, who then uses those things that he thinks are like smoking guns to shoot down my claims.”
“He then threatens my agent, ‘Gabrielle better watch who she calls a racist,’” Union alleged. “In the middle of an investigation about racism and discrimination? This is what’s happening from the top of the company.”