Gabrielle Union is keeping her loved ones a bit closer over the Thanksgiving holiday and leaning on her family for support following her firing from “America’s Got Talent.” Union shared a photo on Friday of herself leaning back into the chest of her husband while he delivered a gentle kiss above her brow.
“Lord, you KNOW I’m tryin…” Union, 47, captioned on Instagram. “Whew ? and breathe. Support is everything. ❤,” she captioned the pic with the former NBA star.
The day before, Union shared photos from her Thanksgiving of the whole family taking a classic stair shot, and captioned the photo to express her loved for those that have had her back throughout the recent ordeal with “America’s Got Talent.”
“Grateful ❤❤❤ Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family that have my back and all the friends and family I’ve never met who show love and support when everyone is looking and when no one is looking…All praise, gratitude and thankfulness.”
Dwyane Wade was one of the first stars to vocally question why his wife was let go from her judge position on “America’s Got Talent.” Right after news broke that she and Julianne Hough would not be returning to the show alongside Simon Cowell.
“Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t.’ Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show,” Wade wrote in a Twitter rant that took several posts.
“So when I got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!?” Wade continued. “I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”
“As proud as I were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US. So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world.”
Last week it was reported Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would both not be returning to the next season of “America’s Got Talent.” Reports quickly surfaced that claimed Union had upset network executives when she complained about Jay Leno making a racially insensitive joke during his time as a guest judge. She was also allegedly subject to “excessive” notes about her appearance.
The news got so big that NBC issued a statement over the allegations:
“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”
On Wednesday, Union issued a statement thanking everyone for the support during the ordeal and tweeted out to fans, “Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground.”
So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever ❤
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 28, 2019