Heidi Klum only has kind things to say about her time on “America’s Got Talent”.
Following the scandal surrounding the reality competition and Gabrielle Union, the model and former judge spoke with Us Weekly about her six years on the show.
“I’ve only had an amazing experience. I can’t speak for [Gabrielle Union]. I didn’t experience the same thing,” Klum said at the Television Critics’ Association press tour. “To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.”
Last year, after it was revealed that Union would not be returning as a judge on “AGT”, it was reported that the 47-year-old claimed she was fired for making complaints about racist remarks on the set of the show.
Among the alleged remarks was that her hairstyles were “too black” for the “AGT” audience.
Klum, for her part, said she did not have any sort of negative experience during her time there.
“Six years I was there. I loved it. Of course, there’s always this cat and dog fight, but this is fun,” she said. “I mean also it’s like, ‘Everyone relax a little bit.’ For me, being on television, I want to entertain people. I want people to have a good time,” the former ‘Project Runway’ host explained. “I want people to, like, get away from their life for two hours and just have fun and enjoy.”
NBC has announced an investigation into the claims about a toxic work environment.
“We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture,” the network said in a statement. “We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate.”
After her comments, Klum faced backlash with many saying she was belittling Union’s experience. Klum clarified her earlier statement to People.
“Recently, a reporter asked me to share my thoughts about Gabrielle Union’s experiences while working as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’. I told the reporter that I had not experienced similar issues while I was a judge on the show — my experience was a positive one. I can only speak of my own truth, and by no means is that meant to negate or question Gabrielle’s truth,” Klum said in a statement.
“I am aware that my experience may not be the same as Gabrielle’s. What I can tell you is that I am a fierce advocate for all people, no matter their race, age, religion, gender or sexuality. Everyone should be treated equally and with utmost respect. Personally, I have experienced very hurtful things while being married to a man of colour and having three beautiful children with him. While everyone’s challenges are different, I want nothing more than for a just world and for people to be kinder to one another,” she added while referencing her ex-husband, Seal.