‘America’s Got Talent’: Gabrielle Union Says She Got Sick From Simon Cowell Smoking, Which Rattled Howie Mandel

by Jeremy Spirogis
Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Terry Crews, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell on

Last season of America’s Got Talent ended with a number of stories in regards to the present’s work surroundings. That’s as a result of Gabrielle Union reportedly complained about it and that features Simon Cowell smoking indoors. Find out what she says about the way it affected her well being and extra.

Gabrielle Union complained about Simon Cowell smoking indoors

Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Terry Crews, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell on 'America's Got Talent'
Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Terry Crews, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell on ‘America’s Got Talent’ | Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

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There had been stories about a number of alleged incidents main as much as Union’s exit on the competitors present. Vulture reported that Union “regularly” complained about Cowell smoking indoors. This was a violation of California’s legislation, however he reportedly nonetheless did it.

This was reportedly an enormous situation for Union as a result of she’s allegoric to smoke. “No one could stop Cowell from smoking and that previous attempts by a fire marshal and NBC executives had been unsuccessful,” NBC staffers reportedly stated.

Cowell and Union reportedly continued to conflict. It was later reported that Union was contemplating suing the producer. However, that has but to occur. SAG-AFTRA launch an investigation into the claims round Union’s exit. It’s unclear when the investigation will finish and when the outcomes will likely be launched.

Union stated she bought bronchitis

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Union is opening up about her time on the present with Variety. This time she stated she introduced up her considerations about Cowell smoking on her first day.

She stated this was large for somebody “coming onto a set and you are literally met with the very definition of a toxic work environment, and it’s being carried out by the most powerful person on the production.”

The actor stated nothing modified regardless of her efforts. “I couldn’t escape. I ended up staying sick for two months straight. It was a cold that lingered, and turned into bronchitis, because I couldn’t shake it. It impacted my voice, which affects my ability to do my job,” she stated.

Union stated her runny nostril rattled Howie Mandel. He has obsessive compulsive dysfunction and has a worry of germs. “It was challenging to tend to my illness without being made to feel like I’m responsible for my own sickness,” she stated. “It put me in a position from day one where I felt othered. I felt isolated. I felt singled out as being difficult, when I’m asking for basic laws to be followed. I want to come to work and be healthy and safe and listened to.”

Cowell’s spokesperson gave a press release to reply to the claims. “When he was directly informed of the smoking complaint during the first couple of days of the season, he immediately changed his behavior and the issue was never raised again,” claimed the spokesperson.

Season 15 of America’s Got Talent premiered the night time earlier than the discharge of Union’s new interview. Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum are the brand new judges on the present.

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