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Talk Show Hosts Wendy Williams and Tamron Hall Join Team Union During 'America's Got Talent' Investigation

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By Natalie Hunter

Tamron Hall is the latest celebrity to speak out against 'America's Got Talent' after Gabrielle Union's allegations.

Union claimed that 'America's Got Talent' forced her to change her appearance, specifically her hairstyles, because they were "too black." They also called her difficult.

Many celebrities are speaking out with disgust after female judges, Union and Julianne Hough, were recently let go from 'America's Got Talent' while male judges, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, have stayed on the show since it premiered in 2006.

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Tamron Hall discussed the issue of Union being called "difficult" on her talk show Tuesday.

“[Difficult] is the go-to word. It’s a trope when it comes to women. We are difficult, black women are angry and difficult,” Hall said, according to PEOPLE. “I have in this business watched men storm out of rooms, puffing and huffing, and no one says anything. A woman speaks up, you’re difficult. We just did a show on likeability trap, that women are always in this likability trap.”


Hall isn't the only talk show host to side with Union. Sharon Osbourne called 'America's Got Talent' a "boys club" on 'The Talk.' Wendy Williams also defended Union on her talk show.

“Well, I think this is terrific,” she said of Union standing up for herself according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Gabrielle, if they offer you your job back, I wouldn’t even take it,” Wendy urged, suggesting, “But, you know what I would take, a low key high-paying job as a consultant in the background for the show.”

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Williams went on to explain that she believed it is a gender issue as opposed to a race issue.

“It’s only the girls that get replaced and they do get replaced with equally as attractive women,” she admitted. “However, I don’t think Simon is a racist because he’s had relations with black women before. I don’t think this is a black thing, I think this is a sexism thing, girls. This is us all against them and sometimes that’s how it is. It’s not always a black or white thing.”

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'America's Got Talent' is currently under investigation. While Cowell has claimed that it has more to do with ratings than the women personally, his production company Syco Entertainment, NBC and production company Fremantle released a joint statement:

“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.”

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