The sudden departure of Gabrielle Union from her job as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” has prompted an investigation by SAG-AFTRA, Variety reports.
The report quotes a statement issued Sunday night in which a spokesperson for the union says: “While we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now.”
As we reported last week, a controversy began swirling around the NBC talent competition in the wake of the sudden exits of Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough. Union’s husband, former NBA star Dwyane Wade, stoked the controversy by alleging that Union was fired for speaking out.
The Variety report notes that the publication “reported exclusively Tuesday that Union was let go from the NBC competition series after the actress spoke to producers about the alleged workplace toxicity she endured and witnessed as a judge on the recent 14th season of the show.”
NBC said in a statement Sunday that it is “working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns.”
Variety adds: “According to Variety‘s initial report, Union asked producers to speak with human resources about a joke told by guest judge Jay Leno that was offensive to people of Asian descent — a request that was, according to sources, not fulfilled. Union also, sources claimed, was repeatedly told that her hairstyles were ‘too black’ for the show’s audience.”