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A Complete Timeline of the Gabrielle Union-America’s Got Talent Saga

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In late November it was revealed that actress Gabrielle Union had been fired from her spot as a judge on the NBC show America’s Got Talent, but troubling reports of her exit have caused everyone from Janelle Monae to Howard Stern to weigh in on the controversy. Here’s a complete timeline of everything we know.

November 22, 2019 – Variety Magazine announces NBC will not renew Union’s contract

In addition to Union’s exit, it is revealed fellow judge Julianne Hough will also not be returning to the popular television show. Male judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, and Terry Crews all expected to remain on the roster.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Quarter Finals 1” Episode 1412 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

November 24, 2019 – News of ‘toxic culture’ at AGT hits the internet

Sources with direct knowledge of the culture at AGT describe the now-infamous joke that put Union at odds with show producers. During a guest appearance, comedian Jay Leno joked that a picture of Simon Cowell with his dogs reminded him of something “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.” The actress learned of the joke and explained to producers this joke would not be well-received particularly by Asian crewmembers and viewers. She reportedly urged producers and an unnamed NBC executive to scrap the offensive joke and report it to the network’s human resources department. The line was ultimately thrown out, but a formal report or complaint was never filed with HR.

SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 11: Gabrielle Union attends Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports 2019 at Barker Hangar on July 11, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Further reports emerged describing Union and Hough receiving “excessive notes” on their appearance, with Union in particular getting regularly coached on her hairstyles being “too black.”

November 26, 2019 – Julianne Hough and NBC deny allegations

Julianne Hough released a statement claiming she “loved working with the cast, crew, and producers and the claims are not “accurate to her experience.” She goes on to say “I am happy continuing my working relationship with NBC.”

The network echoed her statement with a vehement denial of all allegations. 

November 28, 2019 – Celebrities show support for Union

As the news of NBC’s culture made its waves, celebrities voiced their support for Union. Stars like Janelle Monae, Ellen Pompeo, and democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro, among many, voiced their opinions on the matter in favor of the ousted actress.

December 1, 2019 – Jay Leno speaks out, NBC releases new statement 

The comedian at the center of the alleged racist joke spoke of nothing but his fondness of Union. “I love Gabrielle Union, she’s a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her.” When asked whether he uttered the joke on the NBC show, he refused to answer. 

For its part, NBC released a new statement vowing commitment to “ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees.” The network also stated it is working with the actress’ representatives to hear her concerns and address them as necessary.

Credit: Courtesy of NBC

December 2, 2019 – Howard Stern gives his two cents

To add fuel to Union’s fire, Stern made very choice comments on his show seemingly backing up Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough and trashing Simon Cowell. “He sets it up so that the men stay. No matter how ugly they are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are… He constantly replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks.”

Phew! That was a lot to keep up with and somehow we have a feeling this drama isn’t over yet. Only time will tell how steep the fallout will be. What do you think about all this? Give us your thoughts below.

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Wendy Williams Addressed ‘Fartgate’ … A Little Too Much

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“The lady doth protest too much,” or whatever Shakespeare said…

On Thursday daytime television host Wendy Williams addressed “Fartgate,” and many think she went overboard in her denial.

The controversy began when Williams was accused of passing gas on her show. Delivering her daily “Hot Topics” segment, viewers noticed a sound familiar to us all: the sound of a fart. The clip went viral with internet dubbing the moment “Fartgate.” 

On her show Wendy, Williams, 55, finally spoke on the whole debacle. In an outrageous and bizarre claim, she told the audience she barely farts at all saying, “gas gets released several different ways, and mine is benching because all I do is talk.” She then went on to play the infamous clip and explain she leaned over to release pressure on her spine and that she would have laughed if she really did pass gas as she is accused of doing. “By the sound of that fart, I would have had to go change my costume! I would have left a mark in the seat. I wouldn’t even save the costume, I would have throw it away. It’d probably be soiled beyond soiled-tivity.” 

As if that wasn’t enough, the talk show host then brought out a crewmember to explain the source of the flatulent sound: preparation for the upcoming science-related segment on that day’s show. The entirety of her strange explanation is below (about 10 and a half minutes into the video).

Now Wendy, we all fart, it’s human nature, but your response was way too much to convince us that you didn’t rip one on air. It wouldn’t have been a problem if you did. Remember a few years back when Whoopi Goldberg loudly cleared the air on her show The View? She owned it saying, “excuse me, I think I just blew a little frog outta there!” And we all loved her more for it.

Have you heard the fart in question? If you haven’t we have it for you here.

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Kobe Bryant, 41, and Daughter, 13, Dead in Helicopter Crash

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Basketball legend and all-time great Kobe Bryant, 41, has passed away due to an apparent helicopter crash Sunday. TMZ reported early in the day that Bryant and his daughter Gianna along with 3 others were on board the former Los Angeles Laker’s private helicopter when it crashed causing a fire to break out. Witnesses claim to have heard the engine sputtering in the moments before the chopper went down, and pictures from the scene show smoke and flames covering much of the area. 

Authorities have confirmed that no one on board survived. The cause of the tragedy is unknown, and an investigation is already underway.

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill’s GRAMMY-nominated Championships album

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TIDAL and Dolby celebrated Meek Mill‘s GRAMMY nominated Championships album. Championships is now available to stream in Dolby Atmos exclusively on TIDAL.

Dolby, a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, and TIDAL, a global music and entertainment streaming platform, hosted a listening event that featured a live performance in Dolby Atmos by the chart-topping artist Meek Mill. The event celebrated Meek Mill’s latest album Championships, nominated for Best Rap Album of the year, which is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on TIDAL starting today. Songs performed included his hits 24/7, All Eyes on You and Going Bad

TIDAL will also release the exclusive performance on its service for fans to enjoy in Dolby Atmos in a few weeks.

Fans can now listen to Championships in Dolby Atmos sound quality here:  https://tidal.com/browse/album/128953992

(Note: Dolby Atmos is only available via select Android devices]

What is Dolby Atmos Music

Dolby Atmos lets listeners connect with music at its fullest capacity and creative potential – not the way most people hear music today, but a version that pulls you into a song to reveal what was lost with traditional recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, the unleashing of a legendary guitar solo, a massive bass drop that washes over you, or the subtle breath a singer takes, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

How to experience Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL

To enjoy Dolby Atmos Music, TIDAL will automatically default to this experience if a Dolby Atmos mix is available. Tracks will be identified by a “Dolby logo” visual badge as well as through a “Dolby Atmos” identifier that will display once a song is selected. Users can also click on the “Dolby Atmos” menu option under the “Explore” tab on the TIDAL app to explore the library of tracks available in Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos is now available to TIDAL members subscribing to the HiFi tier, which already features HiFi and Master quality audio. To learn more about Dolby Atmos Music or TIDAL HiFi, visit Music.Dolby.com and TIDAL.com/DolbyAtmos.

TIDAL members with compatible Android smartphones and tablets subscribing to TIDAL HiFi can enjoy Championships along with a growing library of music available in Dolby Atmos from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The includes songs from some of the world’s biggest artists such as The Weeknd, Blondie, Ariana Grande and more. TIDAL is also working closely with its artist-owners, including JAY-Z, to mix their catalogs in Dolby Atmos – which are expected to become available in 2020.

 

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