NBA star Dwayne Wade has confirmed his wife Gabrielle Union was fired from America’s Got Talent last week, as several NBC sources now say they’re baffled by her booting from the show.
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The publication claimed that Union allegedly complained after Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April.
She also received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as ‘too black’ for the show’s core audience, according to four sources with direct knowledge.
Taking to Twitter late Wednesday, Wade inferred that Variety’s report was accurate, stating that his wife is ‘an advocate for our community and culture’.
NBA star Dwayne Wade has confirmed his wife Gabrielle Union was fired from America’s Got Talent last week. Wade is pictured visiting his wife on the set of the popular NBC show back in August
Union (center front) is pictured with her AGT co-stars (clockwise from top left) Terry Crews, Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough and Howie Mandel. Hough has also been fired from the show
‘As proud as I was of her being selected as a judge on #AGT — I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,’ the Miami Heat shooting guard wrote.
Meanwhile, sources at NBC are now claiming to be ‘puzzled’ by the fact that Union was not invited to return to the show’s 15th season next year.
One network insider told
Meanwhile, another NBC source told The Post that at least six America’s Got Talent employees expressed confusion about the claims Union’s hair was ‘too black’.
Jay Leno (left) appeared on the show in April, during which he made the alleged racist joke that sparked a complaint from Union
Leno reportedly made a joke about a painting of executive producer Simon Cowell surrounded by his dogs, saying it looked like something one might see ‘on the menu at a Korean restaurant’
‘No one had heard this,’ the insider stated, adding that any feedback about Union and Hough’s hair would only be about ‘continuity’ for the audience.
‘I would honestly be shocked [about alleged racism]. Ensuring a safe environment is so important to the show. Anytime someone comes forward and has issues, we take things very seriously’.
The source added that America’s Got Talent had a diverse cast and crew.
DailyMail.com has reached out to NBC, who stated that ‘America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.
‘The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.’
Union and Hough ae pictured with Cowell and Mandel on the set of AGT
Wade took to Twitter Wednesday morning, where he addressed the report
Meanwhile on Twitter, Wade congratulated his wife on a successful season of the show.
‘Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t’ Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show,’ he wrote.
‘So when i got the news that my wife was being fired – my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question.
While this season’s finale had significantly smaller viewership than the previous year, it still came out on top in the coveted 18–49 demographic.
In particularly, Union was responsible for around half of the show’s 25 million social media impressions, according to Nielsen Social, a compelling statistic suggesting she was the most popular judge on the show.
Union has yet to speak publicly about her departure from the show, but her ousted co-star Hough has made a statement.
She told Variety that she ‘had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent.
‘I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC. I’m looking forward to what the future holds,’ she said.
Union has not publicly commented on her ousting from AGT