Gabrielle Union andJulianne Hough both reportedly were given various notes about their physical appearance while working on the reality talent competition. Union was also reportedly told multiple times that her hairstyles were "too black" for the America's Got Talent audience, while Hough was critiqued often on her hair, makeup and outfits.
Simon Cowell reportedly labeled Union "difficult" during her time on "America's Got Talent," and he repeatedly refused to stop smoking indoors around her even though she is allergic to cigarette smoke. Sources close to the situation suggested that an NBC executive and production staff all told her no one could stop him from smoking.
Gabrielle Union also allegedly felt as though producers were trying to get her to side with a white dance group from Texas over a black 10-year-old rapper, who was enthusiastically embraced by the audience when he performed. She was so frustrated that she went outside to get some air, and when she came back she was told that Cowell was angry that she had left.
Sources added that Cowell told Union if the 10-year-old rapper, Dylan Gilmer, was important to her then he would be willing to keep him around. Other sources painted him as being hostile and aggressive upon delivering this message, and Union was not happy with the situation as a whole. She was later pushed to have a meeting with Cowell at his home last year, but it is not clear how it went.