That didn’t last long.
After just one season behind the table at “America’s Got Talent”, newbie judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union are both exiting the show. According to a report in Variety, an NBC spokesperson confirmed that neither Hough nor Union will be returning for the 2020 season of “AGT”.
Representatives for Union and Hough did not respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.
Union and Hough were brought in last season to replace longtime judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, and the departure of the new judges now leaves two empty chairs to fill before the show returns in the summer for season 15.
Dwyane Wade, Union’s husband, defended her departure from the show this week. He applauded his wife for standing her ground and he expressed how much of a positive impact she had on “AGT”.
“’Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t,'” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Over this past year, I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife is the main reason they’ve started watching ‘AGT’ or that they love her insight and sincerity on 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,” he wrote in a separate tweet.
Judges Simon Cowell — who is also the show’s exec producer — and Howie Mandel are both expected to return, as is host Terry Crews.