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Eva Longoria Blast NBC For Its 'Toxic Culture' After Gabrielle Union Was Fired From 'America's Got Talent'

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By Clark Sparky

Celebrities are quickly coming to the defense of Gabrielle Union after it was announced last week that she had been fired as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” One of those coming to her defense is actress Eva Longoria.

“What @gabunion experienced on set at @NBC’s #AmericasGotTalent is unacceptable,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s time for @NBCUniversal to commit to long-term, concrete action to fix its toxic workplace culture and ensure safety and equity for all its workers. Add your name through @timesupnow Instagram story. #TimeUp on the imbalance of power.”

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Longoria was referencing a petition from Time’s Up titled, “Stand with Gabrielle Union and Demand Accountability from NBC.”

“For too long, NBCUniversal has enabled toxic workplaces by protecting the careers of powerful men like Matt Lauer at the expense of women who speak out and are silenced through non-disclosure agreements,” the petition reads.”

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“Now, Gabrielle Union was allegedly fired for speaking up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered working on NBC's 'America's Got Talent.' Union reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, and it also appears she was punished for speaking out,” it continues.

“It's time for NBC to stop protecting powerful men at the expense of its workers and address its toxic workplace culture, once and for all. TIME'S UP applauds Union for her courage and once again calls on NBC to take these allegations seriously and take concrete steps to foster a safe and equitable workplace. Union's experience shows that NBCUniversal still has a lot of work to do to change its culture, so discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are no longer tolerated at the company.”

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Variety reported that Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough were fired after receiving several complaints about their physical appearance. It’s reported by the outlet that Union was told her hairstyles were also “too black” for the show’s viewers.

NBC released a statement about the allegations to Variety. "We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture," the group said, via Variety. "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."

Union seemed to have her own response to NBC by retweeting a post from author Joelle Monique that read, “A solid apology comes in three parts. 1. Sincerely admit wrongdoing directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own ass.”

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