AGT Judge Simon Cowell Being Sued by Gabrielle Union?
Former America’s Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union is preparing for a court battle with Simon Cowell. The Bad Bays II actress has accused Cowell of putting her life in danger by smoking on set. This news comes hot on the heels of Union’s firing from the show after only one season.
Recent reports suggest that the relationship between Cowell and Union was volatile from the moment the latter became a part of the show. Other than Simon’s smoking, the Bring It On star also raised concerns about a number of incidents backstage that created what she called a “toxic work environment.”
However, rather than giving due consideration to her reservations, producers of the NBC reality show gave Union her marching orders. As per the UK’s Mail on Sunday newspaper, Gabrielle has since settled matters with the network as well as Syco, Simon’s entertainment company.
But, she is in no mood to let the Got Talent franchise creator get away scot-free. Union now plans to sue Simon in a personal capacity. We look back on everything that happened in this saga.
A Recap of the Simon Cowell-Gabrielle Union Row
Sources from within America’s Got Talent have revealed that Union had issues with many things on set. Among them was Cowell’s tendency to smoke inside the premises, which happens to be unlawful in California. She is also said to be allergic to cigarette smoke.
On complaining, Gabrielle was apparently described as “difficult” by the AGT production staff as well as Simon himself. And so the skirmishes continued. Things took a turn for the worst when she began to speak out about “racist” occurrences and other worrisome behaviors taking place on set.
One particular incident stands out where NBC staffers reportedly called Gabrielle’s clothes and hairstyle “too black.” All of this culminated with the network announcing in November 2019 that Union will not be a part of the judges’ panel for AGT season 15.
NBC Responds to the Allegations
After the allegations were leveled against them, NBC defended themselves through this statement in Vulture.
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.
An investigation was later launched with the network announcing that “new practices will be introduced as needed.”
The Lawsuit Targeted at Simon Cowell
Various news outlets have indicated this week that Union is about to bring a major lawsuit against Cowell. This is what a source close to the actress had to say.
Gabrielle was always cross that Simon would smoke when the cameras weren’t running. For her, this is a big deal. She believes his smoking has put her life in danger. It can cause cancer and she doesn’t think she deserves to have been at risk when she was at work. This lawsuit will go to Simon at any moment now. She is determined to see this one through.
What do you think about Union’s stance? This is a developing story. Keep watching this space for more updates.