NBC President Talks “America’s Got Talent” Investigation
NBC says they’re still looking into allegations of discriminatory practices at “America’s Got Talent” months after it was revealed that Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning for Season 15.
Several media outlets reported that Union’s concerns over racially inappropriate comments and jokes were not taken seriously, that Union was told her rotating hairstyles were “too black” and that both she and Hough received excessive notes regarding their appearances. Both women received tremendous public support and NBC ultimately initiated closed door meetings with Union and promised to investigate the show.
Saturday, during NBC’s Television Critics Association press tour, president of NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy shared that the show is “in the middle of an investigation,” calling it “really serious,” according to PEOPLE reports.
“I can’t deny it, and that’s being handled by lawyers,” added Telegdy, who added that the results of the investigation should be available “by the end of January.”
Telegdy explained that as the investigation continues, “we certainly take anyone’s critique who comes to work here incredibly seriously,” adding, “if we learn something, we’ll certainly put new practices in place, if necessary.”
Despite the reports of AGT‘s mistreatment, Telegdy maintains the reality competition show as “magnificent” and “a place where you see lives changed forever.”
If necessary huh… Mind you, Gabrielle Union isn’t the only one to have issues at “America’s Got Talent” which is produced by Fremantle and Simon Cowell‘s company Syco Entertainment.
Orlando Jones also spoke out about mistreatment by the Fremantle production company.
Do you think NBC will be transparent about their findings when they happen? What kind of changes do you think they will make? If you were Gabrielle Union, would you consider going back on the show? What would you need in order to feel okay working at “AGT” if it were you?