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Gabrielle Union Breaks Her Silence Over ‘AGT’ Firing, Not Here For Simon Cowell’s Apology



Gabrielle Union is schooling Simon Cowell and NBC on the proper way to apologize.

On Sunday, the actress shared a tweet from freelance writer and host Joelle Monique and commented on the proper way to apologize, shortly after Simon Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, NBC and production company Fremantle released a statement about Union’s unexpected firing from the show.

In her tweet, Monique outlined what makes for a “solid apology”: “1. Sincerely admit wrong doing directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own a–.”

Union retweeted Monique’s post, adding, “This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!”

Prior to the 47-year-old actress sharing the tweet, Syco Entertainment, NBC and Fremantle said in a statement Sunday: “We remain 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.”

News broke on Nov. 22 that Union and Julianne Hough — who joined the season 14 AGT judging panel in February, replacing spots vacated by Mel B and Heidi Klum — would not be returning for the show’s upcoming 15th season.

Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough

Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough TRAE PATTON/NBC

A day later, a report by Variety claimed that while working on the show, Union had expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time as a judge, including a joke guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made that was later edited out of the episode.

Union and Hough were also both subject to “excessive notes” on their physical appearance, like hair and wardrobe sources alleged in Variety‘s report.

A spokesperson for NBC and Fremantle previously responded to such claims with a statement to PEOPLE on Nov. 26, saying: “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

Over the weekend Union’s hubby Dwyane Wade came to her defense on Twitter. He like the rest of the world was quite confused at how after only one season and increased ratings NBC would let Union and Hough go.

It has yet to be announced who will replace Hough and Union for the upcoming season.

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