When the news broke that America's Got Talent was not renewing the contracts of judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough, fans on social media were up in arms. While Hough claimed that there was no bad blood, reports revealed that Union was criticized for appearing "too black" and that she had spoken out against a racist joke made by guest judge Jay Leno.
Following the backlash, NBC released a statement addressing the situation:
"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."