After a five-hour meeting with ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree Gabrielle Union, NBC is now launching a deeper investigation into their competition reality show, America’s Got Talent, the series ran and executive produced by Simon Cowell.
“The initial conversation was candid and productive. While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution,” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.
Union also spoke about the meeting ahead of NBC announcing their investigation, saying that she hoped her standing up for what’s right would amount to something.
“We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,” she tweeted Wednesday. “I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”
Union was reportedly fired from America’s Got Talent after expressing concerns over several offensive workplace incidents and was allegedly criticized for her hairstyles being “too Black.”
NBC’s investigation comes on the heels of another probe led by actor’s union, SAG-AFTRA, in which Union is a member.
“We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. We immediately reached out to Ms. Union’s representatives when these reports came to light. It is our practice to work closely with members who reach out to us and their representatives in instances like this, as that usually affords the best protection and best resolution for the affected member,” the union said in a statement to Deadline.
Last week, Union thanked fans for their support, writing on Twitter, “So many tears, so much gratitude. THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone… you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”