AceShowbiz - More celebrities come in Gabrielle Union's defense after she was let go from NBC's "America's Got Talent" for criticizing the show over racism and sexism. After Ellen Pompeo took to Twitter to call out the network, Debra Messing joins her to post equally scathing message against it.
"Thank you for this @EllenPompeo," the "Will & Grace" star said on Thursday, November 28 while retweeting Ellen's tweet. "This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades. Yes, women become 'difficult,' when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored."
She continued, "Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed. Being 'hands off,' is inexcusable and reflects a laissez faire attitude toward systemic racism and sexism. @itsgabrielleu."
Prior to this, Ellen ripped into the Peacock network on her Twitter account. Referring to the "Today" show scandal, the "Grey's Anatomy" alum said, "It's unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it...has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage."
"This is a teaching moment," she continued. "It's important..white girls I'm talking to you..whether you truly understand what racial injustice is or not..that you stand with your sisters on the front lines. Don't cut side deals & don't not get involved because it isn't your issue..because it is."
"Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it's okay."
Prior to her exit, Gabrielle was reportedly given "excessive notes" regarding their hair styles which were dubbed too "black" for the audience of the show. Additionally, it was said that she and fellow judge Simon Cowell, who also serves as executive producer, clashed because he smoke inside the theater though it is against the law in California.
The "Bring It On" actress recently broke her silence over the reports of her firing. Taking to Twitter, the "Think Like a Man" star wrote, "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."