"I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that's U.S.".
According to Deadline, Union is scheduled to meet with NBC this week to discuss why she was sacked from the show and how her speaking up could've played a role in her departure.
Sharon Osbourne, who appeared on the reality competition from season 2 through season 7, talked about it Monday on the CBS talk show "The Talk," which she co-hosts. I had my very own issues with the community.
When asked whether Union was dealt with decently, Leno just stated: "I don't have a clue, however I believe she's an incredible young lady". Obviously, there wasn't anybody of color on the panel when I was there, so I honestly can't say... THANK YOU! True if you happen to feel lost, adrift, by myself... you received me up off the bottom. "The crew and everybody was fantastic to me, everybody, except the network".
If Union was sacked because of her comments about Leno, the former talk show host doesn't harbor any hard feelings towards her. Even Howard Stern, who was a former "America's Got Talent" judge, slammed the show's creator and judge Simon Cowell as being biased towards men and only hiring women due to their looks. Then Variety, citing anonymous sources described as "multiple insiders familiar with the show", reported last week that Union urged producers to report to NBC's human resources department a racially insensitive joke delivered by a guest during an interstitial segment.
"How is it that Simon Cowell has orchestrated this?" he said on The Howard Stern Show.
A week ago, news broke that Union, 47, and Julianne Hough, 31, would exit "AGT", with reports saying the flight was an aftereffect of an affirmed "lethal" working environment at the show. They served as judges for only one season.
"He sets it up that the men stay no matter how ugly [the men] are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are", Stern said, adding that it is the "ultimate example of a boys' club", according to Fox News. In November, Deadline reported that the two newcomers would not be returning for the 15th season next summer. Mandel, who joined the show in 2010 for Season 5, is now the longest-serving judge.
Defending the claims, NBC, Fremantle and Syco released a joint statement on Sunday stating, they are committed to ensure a respectful workplace and have taken the claims about workplace culture seriously. "We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate".
In a written statement sent to USA TODAY by Pamela Greenwalt, a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson, the organization said it takes issues of "workplace health and safety very seriously". Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle's newsletter.