Gabrielle Union will NOT be returning as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” and she may not have left on her own.
Variety confirmed Gabby’s exit from the competition show. The explanation they gave was that she would be busy in the upcoming year “with other projects.”
However, NBC sources are singing a different tune, telling Love B Scott that she was FIRED for speaking out about “problematic” racism and sexism going on behind-the-scenes at the show. And it seems “AGT” judge/executive Simon Cowell was the one who supposedly had her fired.
“[Gabrielle’s] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV. She set the record for her Golden Buzzer. They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim. She wouldn’t walk away from $12 million because she’s ‘busy.’ Based on weekly interactions on social media, by the time AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?”
Variety also reported that Julianne Hough was vacating her chair as well.
Union and Hough had replaced longtime judges Melanie Brown and model-host Heidi Klum for the show’s 14th season.
Union was also working on the TV show “LA’s Finest” but by all accounts she was juggling both shows and being a new mom well.
Sadly her untimely and forced exit seems oddly reminiscent of that of Nick Cannon. You recall Cannon abruptly vacated his position as host. Per the source it was because of Cowell and NBC.
“Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn’t on social media. Juliane and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie. The idea the network wants to ‘switch things up’ only applies to women and Black folks.”
“Nick Cannon wasn’t crazy. He walked away from 8-figures over how [AGT] operates.”
We’re sure it’ll only be a matter of time before Union spills the tea.
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