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Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations

Gabrielle Union had accused NBC of firing her

Gabrielle Union had accused NBC of firing her from "America's Got Talent" in retaliation for her complaints of on-set racism. Credit: Invision / AP / Evan Agostini

Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on "America's Got Talent," which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the show tolerated racism on the set.

"We’ve reached an amicable resolution," Union, 47, and the network said in a joint statement. "NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect."

Both sides declined to comment further.

Union, known for her roles in the films "Bring It On" and "Bad Boys II," appeared on the talent showcase created by Simon Cowell for one season, after which she and fellow new judge Julianne Hough weren’t asked to return.

Variety reported soon after that Union, who is Black, believed she was fired because she had asked NBC and the show’s producers to respond to an environment that tolerated racist jokes and remarks from judges and producers.

Union gave detailed accounts of the issues in a complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing that she filed in June, saying she received criticism from producers about the hairstyles she wore on the show that were rooted in racism.

NBC said in May that outside investigators brought in by the network and producers found that Union’s allegations had no basis and no bearing on the decision to drop her as a judge.

NBC said the investigation "found an overarching culture of diversity on the show."

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