*Gabrielle Union is speaking out about Terry Crews’ ‘disappointing’ response to her beef with NBC, “America’s Got Talent” producers and Simon Cowell.
Union is suing NBC for firing her from the hit competition show last year after she spoke out about the racist and toxic workplace culture.
During a recent appearance on Spotify’s Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast, Union was asked by the host “what the f*** is up” with Crews.
The “White Girls” actor has decided that “coon” = “Conquer Our Own Negativity.”
After Union’s firing from AGT, Crews gushed about his positive experience on set as host of AGT.
“People hit me all day long and are like, what’s happening? And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC. So, I don’t know if being worried about job stability — which listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door,” Union said on Hill’s podcast. “I don’t know if that’s the motivation.”
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Union also acknowledged the critics who pointed out she wasn’t the only Black person on AGT.
“I was like, ‘No, I was on there — with Terry Crews,’” she quipped. “Based on his recent actions, do you really think Terry Crews was an ally, was helpful, was a sounding board? I think Terry Crews is showing us who he is and what he does during times of adversity and it’s not solidarity.”
When Crews came forward with his assault allegation during the height of the MeToo movement, Union had his back and publicly supported him. But that support was not reciprocated when she came forward with her AGT frustrations.
“Not to say if I offer you solidarity I expect you to be the getaway driver during a bank robbery — that’s what he made it sound like in one of those series of tweets. If you saw something, say something. If you didn’t have my experience… you also have an option to say, ‘I believe Gab, I just had a different experience.’ End of story,” Union shared.
“You don’t have to do a press tour where your sole objective is to discredit and malign me. You know, I’ve been in Hollywood a very long time. There’s very little that surprises me, but that was very disappointing for sure.”
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Hill agreed, saying it was “unnecessary” for Crews to go “out of his way to invalidate you when he did that piece on the Today show.”
“At the end of the day, the work that I am doing to make sure that NBC is a more fair and equitable place of employment will benefit you as well,” Union said of Crews. “So it’s OK to eat your cereal and let me do my thing and get out of the way. If you’re not going to help, then get out of the way. If you don’t feel financially comfortable, or spiritually comfortable or you flat out disagree, but at the end of the day he will benefit from a safer, more equitable workplace from what I stuck my neck out to do and got fired for, you know? Instead of actively working against progress.”
Union hinted that Crews will “regret” his actions.
“Since I’ve been so vocal about what happened, the floodgates have opened. This reckoning is just hitting,” she teased. “There is so much more that is coming… I have a feeling he will probably regret it for a thousand reasons, very soon.”