Transcript for Celebrities support Gabrielle Union after ‘America’s Got Talent’ departure
Backlash growing over Gabrielle union's acorrupt departure from "America's got talent." Celebrities and others showing their support for the actress who claims the work environment was toxic and racist. Linsey Davis with the latest. Reporter: That support for Gabrielle union has snowballed in the past week in light of her controversial termination from "America's got talent." And now s.a.g.-aftra, the union, is involved investigating the circumstances that led to the termination. Let's see what you got. Reporter: This morning NBC has reportedly launched an internal investigation after reports that actress Gabrielle union was fired from the show, "America's got talent," after complaining of racism and other on-set issues. What we all just witnessed here tonight was nothing short of absolute brilliance. Reporter: The investigation comes afte "Variety" magazine released a report claiming union had complained of a toxic culture at the show. Insiders say the company labeled union as difficult. NBC and a third party counselor they hired will attempt to meet with Gabrielle and hear her specific grievances. Once that happens, I think that there is a very good chance that NBC will launch a formal investigation. Reporter: According to "Variety," the insider says union is set to meet with NBC to gather information about the complaints, some including racially insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her appearance. The screen actors guild is also looking into the allegation saying we take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. One specific incident involves former late night host Jay Leno reportedly making a racially insensitive joke in front of four other staffers. Howard tern was critical of Simon Cowell, the show's creator and judge, over his decision to fire union and her co-host, Julianne hough. She set it up the men stay no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how ugly they are, no matter how talentless they are. Reporter: The "Bring it on" star has received support from fellow actresses. Ellen Pompeo tweeting I support Gabrielle union's commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage and Debra messing whose show is on the network also taking aim writing, yes, women become difficult when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment is ignored. CEO and president of time's up released a statement accusing of network of having a pattern of protecting the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out. S.a.g.-aftra said while we have taken steps to investigate, we have nothing to report now. And over the weekend NBC said it is working with miss union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns is not going away any time soon. Nor should it. The reaction and to see her emotion too. And her husband. I know because of how the support that she was receiving over this. All right. Thank you so much, linsey.
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