NBC may not be talking but some other key players are as a controversy boils over about the network’s reality competition “America’s Got Talent.”
Deadline reports that former NBA standout Dwyane Wade fanned the flames today with a series of tweets about the departure of his wife, Gabrielle Union, as one of the show’s judges. As we reported previously, Union and Julianne Hough were dumped from the show’s panel of judges, with NBC confirming that they won’t be back in 2020.
In his tweets, Wade appears to suggest that Union may have been fired by the show for speaking out.
“When i got the news that my wife was being fired — my first question was obviously why!?,” Wade wrote. “Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”
Dominic Patten writes on Deadline: “As Wade took to Twitter and controversy swirls around the circumstances of Union and the more circumspect Julianne Hough’s exits from the well-watched summer show just one season after they replaced Mel B and Heidi Klum, NBC and ‘AGT’ were silent. After a flimsy statement Tuesday when reports of backstage concerns and attitudes by Union, to put it mildly, first emerged, the best Deadline could get from the network today was a ‘no comment.’”
Patten adds: “That’s quite the lack of response after Wade went public with allegations that all but scream out there was racial bias and perhaps more going on at ‘AGT.'”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Deadline to read more of Patten’s piece.
Here’s some of Wade’s tweetstorm …