Amid reports that Gabrielle Union‘s “America’s Got Talent” exit came amid her raising concerns about a toxic work environment, the show says it is now working with Union “to hear more about her concerns.”
In a joint statement to USA TODAY from NBC, production company Fremantle and judge Simon Cowell’s entertainment company Syco, “AGT” announced it remains “committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture.”
“We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate,” the statement added. USA TODAY has reached out to Union’s representative for comment.
A report last week from Variety described a “toxic culture” on the set of “America’s Got Talent” after news that Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year. Variety reported that a culture of toxic, racist jokes and “excessive notes” about physical appearance were pervasive before the two freshman judges’ contracts were not renewed.
Union hasn’t addressed the controversy directly, but in her first tweet since the controversy unfolded, she thanked fans for support.
“So many tears, so much gratitude,” she tweeted Wednesday night. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone … you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”
Several other celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Debra Messing and Olivia Munn have since voiced their support for Union.