‘America’s Got Talent’ Investigation Into Gabrielle Union Firing Could Change Season 15

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Gabrielle Union’s departure from America’s Got Talent turned a a lot greater story when Variety reported that Union had spoken out about racism and sexism behind the scenes of the present. NBC is at present concerned in an investigation of the incident which may result in modifications behind the scenes of AGT earlier than season 15 begins.

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NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Talegdy spoke with the Television Critics Association today. He gave an replace on the America’s Got Talent investigation to the very best of his potential and revealed when he expects the outcomes. 

Gabrielle Union responds to NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ investigation

When information broke that Gabrielle Union had spoken out towards a poisonous office, celebrities together with Patricia Arquette, Jameela Jamil, Ariana Grande, Ellen Pompeo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Olivia Munn and Debra Messing supported her. She thanked all of them in a Thanksgiving tweet. 

NBC reached out to Union’s representatives to debate, and Union shared Joelle Monique’s tweet defining a “solid apology”

Talegdy indicated he’s open to bettering America’s Got Talent based mostly on Gabrielle Union’s feedback.

“That also goes to the heart of who we are as a group of people and what we do as a business,” Talegdy mentioned. “In 14, 15, 21 seasons of SVU, 15 seasons of AGT, the length long run of a model comes with the ebbs and flows of who comes, who goes. We proudly embrace making reveals higher. What we additionally proudly embrace at NBC Entertainment is the notion that we may at all times be a greater office.”

The investigation will result in new practices

Talegdy acknowledged that he was in the course of the investigation and attorneys had suggested him to not touch upon the continuing investigation. 

“What we are is in the middle of an investigation,” Talegdy mentioned. “That’s really serious. I can’t deny it. I’ve never had one before. That’s being handled by lawyers. So I can’t say anything else while we do this very serious investigation.”

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Talegdy indicated that what they find out about Gabrielle Union’s expertise would result in modifications, even when he may .

“I’m very confident that if we learn something, because we’re all lifelong learners, we will put new practices in place if necessary,” Talegdy mentioned. “We certainly take anyone’s critique of what it means to come to work here incredibly seriously.”

The investigation into Gabrielle Union’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ expertise is sort of over

NBC launched the investigation on December four following SAG/AFTRA’s investigation into Gabrielle Union’s America’s Got Talent expertise. NBC’s investigation ought to conclude earlier than February.

“I’ve been told by the end of January,” Talegdy mentioned. “I think obviously what we can say at the end of all that will be subject to, again, the advice I take from smart people who finished school. I’m very, very transparent and we want to always go after the truth. That’s our culture here. It’s almost challenging at times. We’ll be back. I promise you this is being taken very seriously. I’ve been told next couple weeks, by the end of January.”

Would NBC work with Gabrielle Union once more?

One reporter requested Talegdy if the community would work with Gabrielle Union once more. That would assume Union would wish to after having a damaging expertise compounded by an unceremonious firing. Talegdy couldn’t touch upon that.

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“Again, I feel like what I would say authentically is I can’t say anything that could impact on an investigation and people are talking to each other,” Talegdy mentioned. “That’s not no comment. I’m candid to a fault. I just can’t talk about it.”

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