TeeRoy's 2 Cents:
- It's hard to say she was "fired," when her contract was up.
- Not reporting a joke that never made it to air to HR doesn't sound like a toxic work environment.
- Jay Leno and Simon Cowell have made NBC a lot of money. You can see why they may not want to ruffle their feathers.
The actors' union Sag-Aftra is investigating Gabrielle Union's exit from America's Got Talent following reports she voiced concerns about a "toxic" culture on the show.
According toVariety, the actress was allegedly told her hairstyles were "too black." She also allegedly wanted producers to report a joke guest judge Jay Leno made about Korean food to the HR department.
Meanwhile, Leno has broken his silence about the scandal. Asked by aTMZ photographer why he thought Union got fired, the comedian said, "I love Gabrielle Union, she's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her she's really good."
When the paparazzo asked Leno if Union was treated fairly, he said, "I don't know, I wasn't — you know, I don't know."
When asked directly about his alleged joke, Leno kept quiet.
Fellow judge Julianne Hough will also leave the competition show after one season.