Ellen Pompeo has taken a swipe at NBC over their decision to axe Gabrielle Union from the next season of “America’s Got Talent”.
Pompeo shared numerous messages on Twitter, insisting that “the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer” had “not changed their practices or culture.”
She added that she supports Union for “speaking up to injustice.”
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star posted:
Pop star Ariana Grande seconded Pompeo’s words, cautioning NBC to “be better” and telling Union that “we’re with you.”
Also weighing was “Will & Grace” star Debra Messing, and she unleashed a volley of criticism aimed at her own network. “This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades. Yes, women become “difficult,” when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored,” she wrote. “Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed. Being ‘hands off,’ is inexcusable and reflects a laissez faire attitude toward systemic racism and sexism.”
It was also announced that Julianne Hough would not be returning to the “AGT” panel.
Union recently said she was “humbled and thankful” for all the support she’s been receiving over the last couple of days.
Her husband, Dwyane Wade, was among those voicing his opinion on the alleged firing on Twitter.
Former “AGT” judge Sharon Osbourne weighed in on Monday’s episode of “The Talk”.
“It’s hard, because everybody’s experience on a show is different, and I was at that show for six years,” Osbourne said. “I didn’t get let go. However, I left. And that’s the truth. I left because of NBC, not because of the show. However, I had my own problems with the network. I don’t know about any of her concerns about the show. Obviously, there wasn’t anybody of colour on the panel when I was there. So, I honestly can’t say. But when I was there it was, you know, a great show to work on. The crew and everybody was amazing to me, everybody, except the network.”
“I’m always proud when someone in the workplace has the courage to stand up for what is right. And she had a great courage,” co-host Sheryl Underwood added. “It is something that we need to talk about… things that are appropriate and things that are inappropriate…Times are changing and we all must change with them.”
“The Talk” airs weekdays on Global.