Gabrielle Union is not backing down. After news broke that the America’s Got Talent judge would not be returning to the reality competition for reasons that were largely seen as unfair at best and racist at worst, the actress sat down with the top brass at NBC to discuss the matters at hand, and according to Union, the long chat went well.
Cracking open her issues about the “toxic culture” at AGT and comments she allegedly received about her hair being “too black,” which re-ignited the #BlackHairChallenge on social media, Union shared on Twitter that she met with the network to talk through her “unfiltered truth” and called it a “productive meeting.”
We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 4, 2019
After the sitdown with Union, NBC announced that it would be officially looking into matters with the long-running talent show. “The initial conversation was candid and productive,” a network spokesperson said in a statement to People. “While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution.”
Gabrielle may be out at AGT but it’s both amazing and inspiring to see that she’s not giving up on this and is wants to see it through. Union isn’t one to back down, whether it’s about an issue that’s impacting her or her family, or a systemic problem plaguing a network with a history of this kind of cultural toxicity, and she’s not about to fade away now.
Up to this point, Union has neither confirmed nor denied the reports surrounding her departure but she did thank everyone who has showed their support shortly after the news first broke.
As Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo commented—a woman who knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight over equality issues at work—Union speaking up about injustice is a brave thing and positions her as the voice for change.
The world is listening and it seems NBC is too.