Have you heard? Gabrielle Union’s days with America’s Got Talent have come to an end. The news broke on Nov. 22, with sources making it seem as if the change was merely another panel rotation. However, insiders are now claiming that Union’s departure was a lot more complicated than that.
According to multiple sources, Union got fired after allegedly speaking out about the work environment.
On Nov. 23, NBC sources told lovebscott.com that Union got canned after speaking out about “problematic” situations involving racism, sexism, and more.
Simon Cowell, they alleged, was the one who ultimately decided to replace Union.
“[Gabrielle’s] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV,” the sources said. “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 [the] AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?”
The sources pointed to social media as a reason that Union, as well as Julianne Hough, should be on the show. On Nov. 22, Variety reported that Hough also won’t be returning to the series.
“Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn’t on social media. Julianne and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie [Mandel],” the source continued. “The idea the network wants to ‘switch things up’ only applies to women and Black folks.”