Terry Crews consenting to Gabrielle Union on Friday for”not considering” her encounter on”America’s Got Talent” when he commented on her allegations of racism on place.
“I would like you to understand it was never my aim to invalidate your expertise — but that is precisely what I did,” Crews tweeted. “I apologize. You’ve been through a lot in this business, and that I empathize with the battle toward equality and equity in the workplace.”
He tweeted:”I hear you, I respect you and know you. I’m sorry and I am here to support you. I spoke from my own personal standpoint without first taking into consideration someone else’s experience.”
Crews stated Union is”a role model to the entire black community” which in his desire to be”professionally neutral,” he should have, at the very least, known she just wanted his service.
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Union had not reacted to Crews’ apology.
Days later, Variety reported that Union had been let go after she raised allegations of sexist and racially irresponsible behaviour on place that included among other things, her being repeatedly told that her hairstyles were”too black” and”a white man actor crossing a line in portraying people of color” Makers allowed the operation to proceed but it was later cut from the episode, Variety said.
NBC and the Screen Actors Guild established separate investigations from December into Union’s claims of what’s been reported as a”poisonous work environment.” Union also met with NBC executives in December at a five-hour meeting she later described as”productive.”
During an appearance on the “TODAY” series past week, Crews, who hosts”America’s Got Talent,” was asked regarding Union’s allegations, specifically there was a toxic air on set.
“I can’t speak for sexism because I am not a girl, but I could talk on any racism remarks,” Crews said. “That was not my expertise. In reality, it was the most diverse place I’ve ever been in my 20 years of amusement.”
Crews stated last year after Kevin Hart faced backlash for resurfaced anti-LGBTQ tweets that Hart had to acknowledge the pain of others. On Friday, Crews said he apologized to Union for the same reason.
“I told @KevinHart4real some time ago, he needed 2’acknowledge the pain of different people,'” Crews tweeted. “Right now I have to do exactly the exact same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I stated and also by what I didn’t say.”