NBC Appears to Be Focused on One Key Player as It Probes ‘AGT’

Dec 4, 2019  •  Post A Comment

After NBC and ousted “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union sat down to discuss her messy departure from the show — in talks Tuesday that both sides called “productive” — Deadline is reporting that “it looks like all roads could lead to Simon Cowell.”

The network is quoted saying today: “The initial conversation was candid and productive. While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution.”

Deadline adds: “Among a number of topics raised, that further investigation involves ‘AGT’ creator and judge Cowell, who seems to be at the center of what went down during Union’s one-season stint on the show. However, the next step in the process for NBC is to have an as yet undetermined independent investigator prioritize moving things forward. How big a part of that process Cowell will be is not yet clear, we hear.”

The report adds that “Deadline has learned that the great part of the discussion yesterday did revolve around the acerbic Brit’s behavior and overlording of the Fremantle and Cowell’s Syco produced ‘AGT.'”

Deadline quotes an insider saying: “The ball is in NBC’s court to see if they can get Cowell to agree to make some changes to the way things are done on the show.”

The report adds: “It should be noted that in recent days ex-‘AGT’ judges Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne have said aloud respectively that Union’s ouster from ‘AGT’ was ‘orchestrated’ by Cowell and that the show is a ‘boys club.’”

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  1. A “Boys Club” on an NBC show?! Shocking.

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