Gabrielle Union and NBC strike deal after AGT controversy

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Former America has talent Justice Gabrielle Union struck a deal with NBC, following her allegations in 2019 that EIGHT fostered a toxic work environment.

“We have come to an amicable resolution,” spokespersons for NBC and the Union said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive work environment where people from all walks of life can be treated with respect.”

While the details of the settlement have not been made public, our sister site Deadline reports that Union has received “significant” compensation from NBC.

The Union’s clash with the network made headlines in November 2019, when it was reported that neither she nor Julianne Hough would return as EIGHT judges. Union then went public with its concerns about the environment behind the scenes of the show, alleging that EIGHT was a hotbed of racial insensitivity, sexism and misconduct.

An independent investigation was opened into Union’s allegations, but in May, NBC announced the investigation’s finding that “no one associated with the show made insensitive or derogatory remarks about the appearance of Ms. Union, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor to the advancement or elimination of applicants at any time. (The results, however, highlighted “some areas where reporting processes could be improved” at the show.)

In June, Union filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against NBCUniversal, EIGHT producers Fremantle and Syco, and fellow Union judge Simon Cowell, citing his experiences of racial insensitivity and sexism on set. The complaint also named Paul Telegdy, then president of NBC Entertainment, who allegedly warned Union to stop pursuing his racism allegations; Telegdy has since been fired from NBC, following an investigation into his toxic behavior with Union and numerous other NBC employees.



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