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Nick Cannon Jumps Into The 'America's Got Talent' Drama, Comments on Gabrielle Union

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By Zachary Holt

The America's Got Talent fiasco has been a dumpster fire, to say the least. Since Gabrielle Union's untimely dismissal from the show and her comments on the alleged 'toxic environment' surrounding its production, many people have come out and voiced their opinions, including those that work on the show, as well as, former employees.

For the most part, AGT has received positive reviews from people who have worked on the show including from Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, and Julianne Hough. Well, now, former host, Nick Cannon has voiced his opinions on the environment of AGT and Union's comments.

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Nick Cannon Supporting Union No Matter What: 'I'm Rocking With You. Let's Go'

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Cannon worked on the show as the host for seven seasons, and despite never being coworkers with Union, came out in support of her. In speaking with VladTV, Cannon gave his thoughts on the issue.

For the former host, though, it really doesn't matter what is going on behind the scenes. He's simply there to support Union in any way possible. "Gabby’s my girl. I’ve been standing firmly with her and support whatever she needs,” he said. “Whatever she said, if it happened, I’m rocking with you. Let’s go."

Cannon Dishes On Show's Cultural Insensitivities and Discriminatory Practices

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And although Cannon didn't offer any specifics on what he noticed while working on the show, he did shed some light on some perceived practices when it came to cultural insensitivities and discriminatory practices.

"It was some eye-opening events that occurred that really just shed light on some cultural insensitivities, ultimately, when it comes to women, when it comes to how the show is produced," he candidly revealed.

For Cannon, it wasn't just an issue on the show. He claimed it was 'institutional', referring to Fremantle, the corporation that produces the show.

Toxic Culture Is An Institutional Issue Permeated by Fremantle

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Cannon delved into the problems with the United Kingdom-based production company and how there were glaring translation issues as they applied to American culture and the sensitivities that naturally accompany the melting pot that is the United States.

"Fremantle (is) based out of the U.K. and a lot of their producers don’t understand the cultural sensitivities of American culture. And then … you have a network like NBC that’s only really worried about the dollar at the end of the day," he said. "All they want to see is that final product. They don’t care how you got to it."

'She's Pointing Out Things That Are True Issues That Need to Be Fixed'

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Regarding Union's comments on the 'toxic culture', Cannon believes she's being truthful and simply calling out a problem that exists.

"So, when someone like Gabby, who is well educated, well-versed in speaking her mind, says, ‘Oh, this isn’t right, this shouldn’t be occurring,’ then people are like, ‘Now, she’s angry," he shared. "Now, she’s a troublemaker.’ No. She’s pointing out things that are true issues that need to be fixed."

With Cannon coming out in defense of Union, it's the first person to side with her concerns, thus far. AGT is currently under investigation for the alleged discrimination issued. The findings are expected to be revealed in the near future.

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