Terry Crews Criticized For 'AGT' Comments Referring To Gabrielle Union's Ouster

Kimberley Richards

People on Twitter are criticizing Terry Crews for his recent comments addressing Gabrielle Union’souster as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

During an appearance on the “Today” show on Thursday, Crews was asked to address the controversy surrounding Union’s seemingly abrupt departure after serving as a judge for one season.

In November, reports emerged that Union had complained about a culture of racism and other workplace issues on the set of “AGT” before she and fellow judge Julianne Hough left the show. Hough, Union and Crews joined Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as judges for the show’s 14th season. 

“I can’t speak for sexism, because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments — that was never my experience on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Crews said firmly on “Today.” “In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment. The top 10 acts were Asian, women, older, younger, Black, white ... It was everything in the gamut.”

Crews later said that he thinks “you should always believe women,” but that in this case, he hasn’t heard a direct statement from Union about the allegations, nor has he reached out to her about them, he said.

Union has referenced the controversy on different occasions on Twitter.

In November, she tweeted about feeling “lost, adrift, alone...” as she received wide support on Twitter after news of her departure emerged. 

“So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU!” Union tweeted at the time. 

Last month, Union tweeted that she had a productive “lengthy 5-hour” meeting with representatives for NBC about the matter.

“I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth,” she wrote. “I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”

NBC said in a statement at the time that “the initial conversation was candid and productive,” the Associated Press reported.

“While there will be a...

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