Julianne Hough has her hands full at the moment. Not only is the former Dancing with the Stars pro grappling with losing her job as a judge on America’s Got Talent, but she is also having to grapple with her feelings about comments made by fellow ex-judge Gabrielle Union.
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“I would just say that…my goodness,” she said during an interview with People Now on Wednesday (Dec. 4.) “I just believe and value, at the highest regard, that everybody has a voice and should be heard, first and foremost. And then I believe that the paradigm of the workplace and how you do business and work with people now, it’s shifting, and I think that the people that really want to see change happen are going to authentically and positively and integrally do that.”
Indeed, ever since her firing, Union has been vocal about the treatment she received both by AGT and NBC, saying that she had been involved in a number of offensive incidents during her time as a judge on the competition show.
“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show,” a statement from NBC and Fremantle stated after the Union controversy. “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.”
And as far as Hough is concerned, let’s just say she is watching her words.
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“I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew and producers,” Hough said in a statement previously. “I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC.” Julianne and her brother Derek have their heir own family holiday special, Holidays with the Houghs, airing on NBC.
Why do we have a feeling that this story is far from over?