Gabrielle Union and ‘America’s Got Talent’ Reach Settlement

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Gabrielle Union has reached a settlement with NBC following her accusations of widespread workplace toxicity and racism on the reality series.

“We’ve reached an amicable resolution. NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” NBC and Union’s spokespeople said in a joint statement.

In June, Union filed a harassment complaint in the state of California against the show.

“Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience,” her filing reads.

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She accused then-NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy of threatening her for speaking out against the toxic work culture.

“Do I cave? I didn’t feel like myself; I’m shape-shifting to make myself more palatable. I’m contorting myself into something I don’t recognize. I had to look at myself and say, ‘Do you want to keep it easy? Or do you want to be you, and stand up?’ Because I’m not the only one being poisoned at work,” she told Variety earlier this year.

“If I can’t speak out with the privilege that I have, and the benefits that my husband and I have, what is the point of making it?” asked Union.

“What is the point of having a seat at the table and protecting your privilege when you’re not doing sh*t to help other people? It’s absolutely terrifying to speak truth to power about anything. I’m trying not to be terrified, and some days are better than others.”

Details of the settlement have not been shared publicly.

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