Final week, information broke that Union, 47, and Julianne Hough, 31, would exit “AGT,” with reviews saying the departure was a results of an alleged “poisonous” office on the present. (Hough has denied the report.)
According to Variety, Union allegedly was topic to numerous racially motivated criticisms. Union was additionally reportedly not a fan of a racially insensitive joke made by Leno on set.
On Sunday, TMZ spoke with Leno, 69, about working with Union on the present, and whereas he refused to debate the joke the actress cited, he shared his ideas on Union herself.
“I really like Gabrielle Union, she’s a terrific woman. I actually loved working together with her, she’s actually good,” stated Leno.
When requested whether or not Union was handled pretty, Leno merely stated: “I don’t know, however I believe she’s a terrific woman.”
Selection reported that in the course of the filming of an interstitial phase, Leno joked a couple of portray that featured Simon Cowell surrounded by canine. Leno joked that the canine regarded like one thing one might discover “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — a lot to the chagrin of “the only a few Asian staffers” on the present. The remark was later edited out of the Aug. 6 episode.
Union allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human sources division — however her pleas fell on deaf ears.
The report additionally alleged that Union was topic to numerous racially motivated criticisms, together with over her many coiffure adjustments, which have been perceived as “too black” for the core “AGT” demographic. Union reportedly obtained that critique greater than half a dozen occasions.
NBC and the producers of “AGT” released a joint statement Sunday, explaining that they’re nonetheless working their means by means of the state of affairs.
“We stay dedicated to making sure a respectful office for all workers and take very severely any questions on office tradition,” the assertion stated. “We’re working with Ms. Union by means of her representatives to listen to extra about her considerations, following which we’ll take no matter subsequent steps could also be applicable.”