By: Amira Lawson
Gabrielle Union will not be returning in the next season of America’s Got Talent, and it turns out the Bring It On star did not leave on her own terms. Sources say this is due to Union speaking out against issues behind the scenes of the popular show.
The Being Mary Jane star spoke out against discrimination, racism, and sexism in the workplace. In 2017 Nick Cannon stated that he was threatened with termination by executives after calling out NBC on the same issues Union spoke about, on a stand-up comedy special. Within the same year, the entertainer and business visionary chose to stop his hosting obligations on the show. Union’s co-judge, Julianne Hough will also not be returning for the next season of the show. Both Hough and Union were both higher ranked judges for the competition series. Union has yet to comment on her departure from the show but shortly after the news broke to the public, she posted a video on Instagram with a caption that many people believe was shade towards her termination.
“Melanin Queens. Be you. Stand up for yourself and anyone being oppressed or beaten down. Stand tall. Speak up. Live loud and proud. Be fearless. Do not be silenced, We gotchu my loves, we gotchu. Lift us all up in the light of goodness and please hold us there.” she wrote as she tagged love as the video’s location.