.@TerryCrews speaks out about Gabrielle Union leaving "America's Got Talent," after her claims of a toxic work environment.— 3rd Hour of TODAY (@3rdHourTODAY) January 23, 2020
"I can't speak for sexism...but I can speak on any racism comments. That was never my experience," he says. pic.twitter.com/XEoxn7gvWP
Yesterday, during an interview on the 3rd hour of the Today Show, Terry Crews was asked about Gabrielle Union's firing and reports of racism and sexism on America's Got Talent. Terry is a judge on the new season.
Terry responded: “First of all, I can’t speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments,” he said. “That was never my experience … in fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment.”
Terry went on to doubt Gabrielle's claims because they came from an "unknown source."
“I have to say this, too. When you look at what the allegations were about, it was given by an unnamed source. My thing is — it’s funny because I believe you should listen to women, you should always believe women, so I asked my wife what I should do. She was like, first of all, if it’s coming from an unnamed source, because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly … if she hasn’t made a statement, why would you?”
Variety broke the story and cited multiple unnamed sources from AGT. Twitter has been dragging him all day and he's currently trending. There has been an outpouring of support to Gabrielle.
Gabrielle was one of the first celebs to publicly support Terry when he revealed his sexual assault.
Everything is funny. pic.twitter.com/oUaW6lklpi— Clarkisha Thee Bully (@IWriteAllDay_) January 24, 2020
Beyond disappointing. Terry Crews could have spoken to his experience without going overboard to discredit @itsgabrielleu. BTW, I didn’t have to know Terry Crews or see what happened to him to support him. Sadly, black women are used to this. https://t.co/2uuQ4Yr6oG— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 24, 2020
Gabrielle responded to the outpouring of support and appeared to address Terry's comments.
Thank u! Cuz girlllllll 😐 Truth telling, wanting change & having MULTIPLE witnesses who bravely came forward to let EVERYONE know I didn't lie or exaggerate, really exposes those who enthusiastically will throw you under the bus, forgetting quickly who stepped up 4 THEIR truth. https://t.co/X1uooWTpmK— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020
Why anyone would gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed... But we already know. https://t.co/8MAfmzSgmI— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020
Maaaaaan... We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this... ohhhhh baby let's gooooooooooo!— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020
Let's also talk about where the diversity is in the hair & makeup dept for contestants that DOES NOT reflect all that diversity that hits the stage. Let's Google the exec's that run the show & ask follow up ?? about THAT egregious lack of diversity. Let's discuss the facts https://t.co/w40qrBDac1— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 24, 2020