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Julianne Hough Continues to Celebrate the Holidays with NBC Despite Allegations

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By Natalie Hunter

Despite the drama that has gone down after Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union were fired from 'America's Got Talent,' Hough still decided to participate in NBC's 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center.' She [performed a duet] (https://youtu.be/_dMABlUK_GE) with Jordan Fischer singing "All I Want For Christmas Is Love."

NBC even captured the moment and posted a picture on twitter. The network captioned the picture, "Don't mind if we duet. #RockCenterXMAS"

Hough is also slated to perform in her own NBC Christmas special along with brother Derek Hough.

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The special is titled 'Holidays with the Houghs' and is set to air Monday, December 16th at 10 PM/EST.

Even though Hough was fired from 'AGT,' she had nothing but positive words about her experience on the reality TV competition show.

"I had a wonderful time on America's Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC...I'm looking forward to what the future holds," Hough said in a statement to Variety.

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Gabrielle Union did not speak of her time on 'AGT' as fondly. She recalled that NBC neglected to shut down sexist and racist actions including Jay Leno's racist joke about Simon Cowell's poster, Cowell constantly replacing the female judges, receiving notes about her hairstyles being "too black," and being called "difficult" by producers.

Since the allegations, many celebrities have defended Union. NBC recently launched an investigation surrounding the issue. Hough has also spoken out about them, commending both Union and NBC.

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“That is what we need — to start conversations — and I just commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation,” Hough said this morning on the 'Today Show' while promoting her Christmas show with her brother. “I’m really proud of NBC as well for also showing up and starting a narrative. That’s what’s gonna change the workplace and the paradigm that we’ve been working in for many, many years. And it’s shifting, and I think that’s really exciting.”

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Despite the behind-the-scenes gossip, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' went off without a hitch.

"Half a million people in the streets, everyone is in a good mood," Mario Lopez, who co-hosted the tree lighting, told USA TODAY. "As soon as the tree gets lit, feels like everyone else gets lit. Witnessing this whole extravaganza live and in person is incredible."

In addition to Hough and Fischer's duet, Lea Michele, Ne-Yo, Idina Menzel and Billy Porter performed. Miss America 2019 winner Nia Franklin also made an appearance.

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