NBC Execs Say Investigation into AGT Controversy Will End Soon

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Auditions 6” Episode 1407 — Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

It was NBC day on Saturday (Jan 11) at the Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena, Calif. America’s Got Talent recent controversies were at the top of critics minds. Check out a few highlights from the session below. NBC execs also had an update on the network’s commitment to live musicals, and next year’s Golden Globe Awards.

  • According to NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy, the network’s investigation of America’s Got Talent spurred by judge Gabrielle Union’s complaints of a toxic work environment should wrap up by the end of January. Gabrielle and Julianne Hough were fired from AGT after serving as judges for only one season. “I’m very confident that if we learn something… we will put new practices into place if necessary, and we certainly take anyone’s critique of what it means to come to work here incredibly seriously,” said the network exec. “We also embrace the notion we can always be a better workplace,” he said. “We want to always go after the truth. That’s our culture here. … I promise you this is being taken very seriously.”
  • The network is still determining who will serve on the America’s Got Talent judges panel when it airs this summer. Taping is not scheduled to begin until March. The current spinoff America’s Got Talent: The Champions premiered last week. The show’s ratings dropped 1/2 a point compared to last year’s first season.
  • Amy Poehler announced that she and Tina Fey would be returning as co-hosts of the 20201 Golden Globes. 
  • After cancelling Hair Live, Telegdy noted that the network remains committed to live musicals, but none are currently have any in the works. “We’re going to find the right thing and come back to you,” he said. NBC also scrapped live productions of Jennifer Lopez’s Bye Bye Birdie and Alec Baldwin in A Few Good Men from Aaron Sorkin.

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