Julianne Hough is sharing her thoughts on Gabrielle Union’s exit from “America’s Got Talent”.
The 31-year-old dancer appeared with her brother Derek Hough on “3rd Hour Today” where she was asked about Union’s recent meeting with NBC, the network that broadcasts the talent competition show.
“We need to start conversations and I just commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation,” she said. “I’m really proud of NBC as well for also showing up and starting a narrative and that’s what’s going to change the workplace and the paradigm that we’ve been working in for many, many years and is shifting and I think that’s really exciting.”
Hough was also asked if she has spoken to her former co-judge recently.
“I have reached out. I think we both have been very busy…hopefully when I get back to L.A. later this afternoon we can have a conversation.”
Union sparked controversy when she was let go from the show just a few weeks ago after reporting a toxic and racist work environment. Instead of investigating her concerns, producers allegedly rejected them and terminated Union. Union cites a racist joke reportedly told by Jay Leno when he visited the set and also allegedly being discouraged by the network from wearing hairstyles that were considered “too black” for viewers.
In light of all of this, Hough is not surprised that the controversy has garnered so much attention.
“I think that this is a big conversation and I think people really want to be a leader of change and I think that people are supporting it,” she said.