AceShowbiz - More details following the exit of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough from "America's Got Talent" after serving as judges for one season have emerged online. A new report suggests there were some behind-the-scenes drama on the show as the judges complained about its "toxic" culture.
Sources told Variety that Gabrielle and Julianne, who replaced Heidi Klum and Melanie Brown's (Mel B) places in the judge panelist, received "excessive notes" regarding their appearance. It was said that Julianne was criticized over her "hair, makeup and wardrobe, which impacted her morale and led to tensions."
She, however, denied the claims, insisting that she "had a wonderful time on 'America’s Got Talent'." Julianne went on saying, "I had a wonderful time on 'America's Got Talent,' I loved working with the cast, crew and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC." Additionally, Julianne said she was excited for two upcoming NBC shows she would be featured in, "Holidays With the Houghs" that also starred her brother Derek Hough, and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" in December. "I'm looking forward to what the future holds."
Meanwhile, Gabrielle was allegedly criticized for her hair styles which were dubbed too "black" for the audience of the show. It was said that she received "received over half a dozen times, according to four sources" regarding her hair.
The report further stated that Gabrielle and Julianne could have been renewed for another season under their contractual options. However, NBC opted not to renew their contracts for season 15.
In response to the claims, NBC and series producer Fremantle said in a joint statement, " 'America's Got Talent' has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT's enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."
Gabrielle's representatives as well as Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment declined to comment.