Gabrielle Union has reached a settlement with NBC. The former America’s Got Talent judge sued the network after she accused AGT producers, including Simon Cowell and NBC of rampant workplace toxicity on the talent competition series.
“We’ve reached an amicable resolution. NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” NBC and Gabrielle’s spokespeople said in a joint statement, reported by Variety.
Gabrielle was fired as a judge on the show after complaining of racism, health violations in the form of Simon’s on-set smoking, and her labelling as difficult in advocating for a functioning and dignified work environment. Gabrielle claimed that the network complained that her hairstyles were too black. She also complained after guest judge Jay Leno made a racist joke, and after a contestant blackened their hands for a performance.
In an internal investigation that was never formally completed, distributor NBC and producer FremantleMedia found no evidence of systemic racism but made significant changes to the human resources reporting process for employees at numerous parties involved in the show.
In June, Gabrielle filed a harassment complaint in the state of California against AGT. She also accused NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy of threatening her for speaking out against the work culture. In the aftermath of the allegations, Telegdy was ousted from his position.