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‘America’s Got Talent’ responds to report of ‘toxic culture’ on set

Following news that “America’s Got Talent” judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough would not be returning to the reality singing competition for a second year, NBC and Union’s husband Dwyane Wade reacted to a report from Variety that alleges “toxic culture” on the set.

“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show,” NBC and production company Fremantle said in a joint statement sent to USA TODAY. “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.” 

Variety reports that a culture of toxic, racist jokes and “excessive notes” about physical appearance were pervasive before the two freshman judges’ contracts were not renewed. USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Hough and Union for comment.

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