Ex-America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union claims Simon Cowell doesn’t believe the "rules apply to him"
By digital spy
Former Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union spoke about Simon Cowell's behavior during her time on the show.
After leaving the show, it became known that Union had filed a complaint against NBC's AGT network, production companies, and Cowell over allegations of racism and sexism on the set, which was rejected after NBC conducted an internal investigation.
Now she has claimed that the TV mogul does not believe that "the rules apply to him".
Speaking to Trevor Noah on the Daily Show (via the Metro), Union said, "On the first day, Simon Cowell smokes cigarettes inside. I've worked a long time. I've worked with all kinds of people. I've never seen it before."
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"If your boss - the person who can determine who gets chances and who doesn't - doesn't think the ... rules apply to him," she continued before adding that she has a severe allergy to cigarette smoke .
"And he does it in full view of NBC, Fremantle and Syco, and nobody cares that Simon Cowell exposes all of these employees to second-hand smoke. This is the first day."
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According to the deadline, Union filed a complaint about harassment, discrimination and retaliation with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), citing producers FremantleMedia and Simon Cowells Syco, and NBC Universal and Simon Cowell themselves.
The complaint detailed the allegations of insensitivity and sexism on the set, while claiming that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy "threatened Union through its agent" for speaking out against racism on the set.
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NBC launched an internal investigation into the Union's demands in December. The company released a statement regarding the outcome of the investigation, saying that "Ms. Union's concerns do not affect the decision not to exercise the option on her contract."
It read: "While the survey has shown a general culture of diversity, it has also highlighted some areas where reporting processes could be improved.
"During the investigation process, it was found that no one associated with the show made insensitive or derogatory comments about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender contributed to the promotion or elimination of candidates at any time."
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