Daytime Alums, Hosts Support Gabrielle Union After America's Got Talent Firing

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When actress Gabrielle Union was let go as a judge from America's Got Talent, many wondered why NBC would fire the fan favorite. After the Being Mary Jane star informed network authorities that guest Jay Leno told a racist joke on set, she was allegedly fired. NBC also reportedly deemed Union's hairstyles "too Black" for its viewership.

Along with Union's husband, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, numerous daytime mainstays have come out in defense of Union. On The Real, Adrienne Houghton said:

I love that Ellen Pompeo spoke up. I think it’s always great to see your allies, and women coming together no matter what your race is.

 Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, The Young and the Restless) posted on Instagram:

The Talk's Sharon Osbourne, also a former judge on AGT, also noted her issues with NBC. She said:

It's hard, because everybody's experience on a show is different, and I was at that show for six years. 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

Sheryl Underwood added

I am always proud when someone in the workplace has the courage to stand up for what is right. It's something that we need to talk about... things that are appropriate and things that are inappropriate.

Wendy Williams called out NBC and AGT executive producer/judge Simon Cowell on her talk show, wondering if sexism could be an issue; Julianne Hough was also let go from the program.

Former AGT host Nick Cannon - also a future daytime talk show hostleft the show in 2017. NBC execs were allegedly considering firing him over a joke he told on a stand-up special. 

Though she has no plans to return to the show, Union has meetings planned with NBC to discuss the show's culture of "toxicity," according to Deadline. Other stars, from Ellen Pompeo to Yara Shahidi, have spoken out in support of Union.