On Wednesday, the actress revealed she had a long meeting with NBC where she was able to speak her "unfiltered truth."
"We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday," she tweeted. "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."
We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.
Union's tweet is the latest development in the ongoing controversy, which first began after it was announced that she and fellow freshman judge Julianne Hough were fired from the talent competition series and would not be returning for the show's 15th season.
Union's contract was allegedly terminated for next season because she spoke up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered while serving as a judge on the talent competition series, causing her to be labeled "difficult" and subsequently asked to leave. She reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, as did Hough.
Initially, NBC, Cowell's Syco Entertainment and show producer Fremantle insisted that any on-set issues were always taken seriously and that panel rotation was just part of the show's natural cycle, but on Sunday, they issued the following joint statement:
"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture. 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."
Many A-listers have shown support for Union while urging NBC to better its practices ever since news broke that she and Hough were fired after only one season.