We’re not sure who to thank for this, but Terry Crews has finally come to his senses. The America’s Got Talent host issued an apology to Gabrielle Union following insensitive comments he made regarding her controversial exit from the show.
In November, following Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough’s release after one season, Variety reported a “toxic culture” at the NBC show that included racist jokes and excessive notes on female judges’ appearances .
Crews, who has hosted “AGT” since 2019, shot down allegations of racism during an appearance on the “Today” show last week, calling the talent show “the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment.”
He also questioned Union’s involvement: “When you look at what the allegations were about, it was given by an unnamed source…I asked my wife what I should do. She was like, ‘first of all, if it’s coming from an unnamed source – because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly …if she hasn’t made a statement, why would you?'”
Crews’ remarks sparked instant backlash, leading Union to tweet about being thrown “under the bus” – particularly after she previously supported Crews through his lawsuit against a Hollywood talent agent Crews accused of groping him.
After doubling down on his remarks earlier in the week and facing more backlash, Crews appeared to turn over a new leaf on Friday.
“@itsgabrielleu, I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience – but that is what I did. I apologize,” Crews tweeted. “You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.”
He continued: “@itsgabrielleu You are a role model to the entire black community and in my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support. Sincerely, Terry Crews.”
Crews also explained that a past conversation with comedian Kevin Hart motivated him to “acknowledge the pain of other people.”
“I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say,” he wrote. He added: “I hear you, I respect you and understand you. I am sorry and I am here to support you. I spoke from my own personal point of view without first taking into consideration someone else’s experience.”
We have to say this was actually a great apology. Not only did Crews take accountability he acknowledged the importance of empathy for others, a point that seemed lost on him in previous conversations. Not to mention his tone seemed sincere.