Gabrielle Union's husband, Dwayne Wade, has confirmed reports the actress was "fired" as a judge on TV hit America's Got Talent for complaining about the "toxic culture" on the show.
Sources have claimed Gabrielle made multiple complaints to TV bosses about things she disliked about the show. These included guest judge Jay Leno allegedly making a racially insensitive joke, and a white contestant donning dark makeup to look like Beyonce.
Retired basketball superstar Wade has praised his wife for standing up for what she believes, insisting that is why she was axed after just one season.
"Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t," he tweeted on Wednesday. "Over this past year I've been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show.
Responding to the fallout from the news that Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough will not be returning to the show, NBC bosses have released a statement insisting that neither of the women was fired because of complaints they may have shared with producers.
"America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show," the statement reads. "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."