“I fancy Gabrielle Union. She’s a mountainous lady. I genuinely loved working alongside with her,” he knowledgeable TMZ. “She’s indubitably honest.”
When asked if she used to be treated fairly on the hit competitors sequence, Leno said, “I don’t know … but I judge she’s a mountainous lady.”
Facts broke on Nov. 22 that Union and Julianne Hough — who joined the season 14 AGT judging panel in February, replacing Mel B and Heidi Klum — would no longer be returning for the level to’s Fifteenth season. A day later, a file by Range claimed that whereas working on the level to, Union had expressed considerations over racially insensitive situations all over her time as a mediate, including a comic story Leno allegedly made all over a stint as a guest mediate that used to be later edited out of the episode.
In accordance with Range, Leno allegedly joked about a painting on the wall that featured Simon Cowell — who serves as a mediate and executive producer — surrounded by his canines. Sources on the sequence knowledgeable the outlet he joked the canines regarded cherish one thing one would receive “on the menu at a Korean restaurant,” alluding to the stereotype that everybody Asian folks luxuriate in dog meat.
More than one folks that were on location all around the comic story, Range reported, including one Asian staffer, were offended and made glum by it.
Union additionally soon realized of the comic story and allegedly entreated producers to file the comic story to NBC’s human resources department to be succesful of bring consciousness to the problematic self-discipline, three sources knowledgeable Range. Despite her push, several insiders knowledgeable the outlet that it used to be never addressed by HR. It used to be at closing reduce by producers from the Aug. 6 episode.
Representatives for Hough, Union, and Leno luxuriate in no longer spoke back to PEOPLE’s requests for observation.
Syco Leisure, NBC, and Fremantle said in a press release to PEOPLE on Sunday: “We remain committed to guaranteeing a respectful place of work for all workers and clutch very severely any questions about place of work custom. We’re working with Ms. Union through her representatives to listen to extra about her considerations, following which we are able to take hold of whatever next steps will almost definitely be acceptable.”
Along with racial insensitivities, Union and Hough, 31, were additionally both self-discipline to “excessive notes” on their physical appearance, sources alleged in Range‘s file. In a single occasion, Union used to be reportedly knowledgeable her ever-changing hairstyles were “too dusky” for AGT‘s target market, whereas Hough reportedly obtained fixed criticism on her hair, make-up, and dresser.
On the other hand, in a press release to Range, Hough denied that she had a negative abilities working on the level to. “I had a elegant time on The US’s Bought Capability, I loved working with the solid, crew, and producers. I am overjoyed to continue my working relationship with NBC,” said Hough, who’s determined to superstar in two upcoming NBC Christmas specials. “I’m taking a test forward to what the future holds.”
Union broke her silence on her controversial departure Wednesday, thanking her followers for their enhance. “So many tears, so mighty gratitude,” she tweeted. “THANK YOU! Correct if you are feeling lost, adrift, by myself… you obtained me up off the bottom. Humbled and thankful, eternally.”
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