AceShowbiz - Terry Crews has weighed in on reports that former "America's Got Talent" judge Gabrielle Union was effectively fired from the NBC competition show in November over sexism and racism issue. The show's host addressed the issue while stopping by on "3rd Hour of Today" on Thursday, January 23.
"First of all I can't speak for sexism because I'm not a woman, but I can speak on behalf on any racism comments," he said, noting that he never experienced any sort of racism while working on the show. "That was never my experience on 'America's Got Talent', 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."
Terry went on saying that the racism allegations were never publicly confirmed by Gabrielle and first emerged from an unnamed source. "Now I have to say this too. When you look at what the allegations were about, it was given by an unnamed source."
He also shared that he went to his wife, Rebecca King-Crews, for advice regarding what he should do in the situation. "It's funny, because I believe you should listen to women, you should always believe women, so I asked my wife what I should do," he explained. "She was like, first of all, if it's coming from an unnamed source, because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly."
Terry wasn't the only one who claimed that they never experience bad things on the show. Heidi Klum, who served as a judge on the show for six years, recently shared that "everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I've never seen anything that was weird or hurtful."
"Six years I was there. I loved it. Of course, there's always this cat and dog fight, but this is fun. … I mean also it's like, 'Everyone relax a little bit.' For me, being on television, I want to entertain people. I want people to have a good time," the former "Project Runway" host explained. "I want people to, like, get away from their life for two hours and just have fun and enjoy."
Meanwhile, Julianne Hough, who was also ousted at the same time as Gabrielle, revealed on "Today Show" back in December that she applauded Gabrielle for standing up for herself. "When I see that comment there that excites me so much because that is what we need to start conversations and I just commend Gabrielle for speaking her truth and starting a conversation," she said.
"And I'm really proud of NBC as well for showing up and starting a narrative and that's what's going to change the workplace and the paradigm that we've been working in for many, many years. It's shifting and that's really exciting," she added.
Following her firing, which reportedly was resulted from her rising concern about the "toxic" work environment, Gabrielle wrote on Twitter, "So many tears, so much gratitude. Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone … you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever."
The actress later talked about workplace inequalities during a female empowerment and inclusivity panel back in mid December. "Don't be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you're afraid. Don't allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It's terrifying. There's a solid chance you'll lose your job … I speak from experience," she shared.