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NBC may have fired Gabrielle Union from "America & # 39; s Got Talent", but it certainly hasn't silenced her – or the many supporters who defend her.

In the weeks since the network announced that it would say goodbye to the actress, who in the season was 14 judges for the long-term reality show, destructive reports have emerged, detailing a toxic and racist backstage culture allegedly endured by Union during production – and reported.

Instead of responding to its concerns, producers would have rejected them and took revenge by terminating the Union contract. Now NBC is taking responsibility for its alleged actions, such as SAG-AFTRA, Time & # 39; s Up and various outspoken celebrities remain behind the Union and demand justice.

Here is a timeline of what happened, from the termination of the Union to the public non-apology of NBC.

NBC fires Union

The news of the Union exit broke for the first time on November 22 Variety reported that NBC chose not to extend the contracts of her and co-celebrity judge Julianne Hough for a second season. The pair of women joined the competition program earlier this year, replacing old panel members Melanie Brown, Spice Girls fame, and model Heidi Klum.

The decision immediately raised eyebrows because Union & Hough's male colleagues – executive producer Simon Cowell, comedian Howie Mandel and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews – were reported to return, although the circumstances of the Union and Hough were still unclear.

New details appear

Skepticism initially showed indignation when a new report was issued Variety revealed before the holiday weekend that Union & # 39; s split of "America & # 39; s Got Talent" was not amicable, but forced after the "Bring It On" aluminum that allegedly reported toxic and racist behavior during production .

The most notable incident occurred when Jay Leno reportedly made a racist joke about Korean restaurants while recording a segment for the show, causing Union – a pronounced advocate for minority communities – to complain to producers who would have rejected her but the joke from the last cut.

The network also reportedly discouraged Union from wearing a variety of hairstyles that it allegedly found "too black" for viewers, while Union was concerned that a white participant exceeded while posing as celebrities of color, such as Beyoncé.

"" America's Got Talent "has a long history of inclusiveness and diversity in both our talent and the acts in front of the show," said NBC and series production company Fremantle in a joint statement as the details emerged. " and host setup has been regularly updated over the years and that is one of the reasons for the continued popularity of AGT. NBC and the producers take problems on the set seriously. "

Dwayne Wade weighs

NBA superstar Dwayne Wade was one of the first to stand up for Union on social media after her departure, praising his wife for remaining true to herself and wondering why "America & # 39; s Got Talent" would say goodbye to one of the most popular personalities.

"In the past year I have been approached by many people and said that my wife (Union) is the main reason they went to have a look #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity in the show, & he said in a series of tweets.

Collect more stars behind Union

Wade was not the only celebrity to defend Union's defense. Several stars, including Ellen Pompeo, Ariana Grande, Jameela Jamil and Patricia Arquette, pleaded with NBC for the alleged mistreatment of the & # 39; L.A. & # 39; s Finest & # 39; s actress.

"This is terrible," tweeted Arquette on Union. "You should not be punished for trying to have a workplace that respects the rule of law in the workplace."

Pompeo evoked unhealthy culture on the network and on TV as a whole.

"It is a shame that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for enduring statements or not tolerating them … has not changed their practices or culture, & # 39; wrote the star of & # 39; Gray & # 39; s Anatomy & # 39 ;. "I support (Union & # 39; s) commitment to address injustice. It takes courage. & # 39;

"Be better @nbc," Grande added. "We are with you (Union)."

Meanwhile, "The Good Place" star Jamil had a suggestion about who should really drive the platform out.

“I am lucky enough to work with really good people @nbc and am sad and angry to know that this happened on the same network, "she tweeted. “I am completely with (Union). They must bring her back with a big raise and remove @ Simon Cowell instead."

More of the famous Union supporters were Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Olivia Munn and Debra Messing.

Union speaks out

Although Union did not disclose details of what happened, she contacted Twitter shortly afterwards to thank those who spoke on her behalf.

"So many tears, so much gratitude," she tweeted just in time for Thanksgiving. "THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, eagerly, alone … you got me off the ground. Humored and grateful, forever."

The fervent social media user has also expanded her thanks to her Instagram followers, combined with a sweet family photo.

"Thankful," she wrote. “Happy Thanksgiving good people. To all the friends and family who stand behind me and all the friends and family that I have never met who show love and support when everyone is watching and when no one is watching … All praise, gratitude and gratitude. "

NBC makes another statement

In the midst of increasing pressure to make amends, NBC finally issued a statement on Sunday specifically focused on its controversial decision to dismiss Union.

"We remain committed to a respectful workplace for all employees and take questions about work culture very seriously," the statement said. "We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, after which we will take the next steps that are appropriate."

Hours after the network's comments were made public, Union returned to Twitter to share a message about what is a "solid apology," which seems to cast shadow on NBC's non-apology.

SAG-AFTRA announces investigation

On the same day that NBC issued its statement, the Hollywood actor union SAG-AFTRA announced its own plans to investigate what was happening behind the scenes of the reality series.

"We take workplace health and safety issues very seriously," SAG-AFTRA said in a statement to The Times. “When these reports came to light, we immediately contacted Ms. Union's representatives. It is our custom to work closely with members who contact us and their representatives in such cases, as that usually provides the best protection and resolution for the affected member. "

Although the guild promised to continue to monitor the situation and & # 39; tackle this issue accordingly & # 39 ;, it & & # 39; now had nothing to report & # 39 ;.

Time’s Up is launching a petition

Time's Up lawyer group has also joined Team Union and has issued a statement and launched a petition calling on NBC to correct the "racist and inappropriate behavior" that Union would have corrected during its short stint "America & # 39; s Got Talent" .

"Gabrielle Union's experience with" America & # 39; s Got Talent "is an example of the double bond that black women encounter at work," said the Hollywood-led organization in a statement to The Times. "The Union story is disturbing in itself, but its experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern from NBCUniversal that protects the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out."

The petition, entitled "Stand With Gabrielle Union and Demand Accountability from NBC," urges network officials to "take the allegations of the Union seriously and take concrete steps to promote a safe and equitable workplace."

"Union's experience shows that NBCUniversal still has a lot of work to do to change its culture, so that discrimination, intimidation and retaliation are no longer tolerated by the company," said Time & # 39; s Up statement. "Building a culture of security and fairness requires continuous, deliberate work that is sustained for a long time – even when a company is not in crisis."

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