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Nick Cannon Speaks Up About 'America's Got Talent' Controversies

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By Robin Burks

Although America's Got Talent seems pretty harmless on the surface, the series is currently embroiled in controversy. That controversy involves two former judges on the series, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. The show's current host (and ex-pro football player), Terry Crews, also got involved and it seems like all is not really well behind the scenes of the popular talent game show.

Now , the show's previous host, Nick Cannon has offered up his opinion on everything that's happened to Union, Hough and Crews.

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How it all began

America's Got Talent's Gabrielle Unon and Julianne Hough
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The America's Got Talent controversy began when NBC fired judge Gabrielle Union. Union later asserted that her firing was directly due to her speaking up about the show's toxic and racist work culture and environment. Hough was also fired, perhaps due to the same reasons. Reports surfaced that both Union and Hough were constantly criticized about their appearance, including their hair, makeup and wardrobe. This allegedly led to low morale among the judges, meaning they were not doing their jobs to their full capacity.

How Crews responded

Terry Crews
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Current America's Got Talent host Crews has since commented about how he feels he has been treated on the series, downplaying anything related to a toxic and racist work culture. He reiterated that he felt that the show focused on diversity and that he had never experienced anything like what Union and Hough allege. He said:

“When they talk about diversity, there was every bit of diversity on set, everywhere. I have never been in a more diverse place in 20 years of entertainment, so what can I say?”

What Cannon Thinks

Nick Cannon
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Former America's Got Talent host Cannon has finally spoken up about the show's latest controversy. And those statements could also prove controversial, so much that he may never get an opportunity to return to the show. He specifically called out Freemantle Media, the production company behind the series. In an interview with Vlad TV, he said:

“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. All they want to see is that final product. They don’t care how you got to it. 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. Now, she’s a troublemaker.’ No. She’s pointing out things that are true issues that need to be fixed.”

The beginning of more controversy

America's Got Talent Judges
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Cannon's statements are concerning, especially for Freemantle. Interestingly enough, Freemantle is no stranger to similar accusations. Actor Orlando Jones also has a beef with the company after being fired from Starz' American Gods. Jones specifically alleged that his firing was due to the company being uncomfortable with his character's dialogue about racial inequality in America.

It certainly seems that Freemantle has a problem, regardless of how these allegations turn out. In time, perhaps more people will come forward with similar stories, though, and bring more light to what's really going on.

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