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Gabrielle Union appeared to address her firing from America's Got Talent during a panel at the launch of her clothing line in New York on Monday.

Union, 47, was terminated as a celebrity judge on the NBC talent competition show in November.

During the panel discussion, Union suggested she was a "happy negro" who waited until she lost her $15 million gig before speaking out about racism and sexism on the set.

"Don't be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you're afraid," she said. "Don't allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate."

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Union didn't specifically call out NBC or her ex boss Simon Cowell, the creator of AGT. Both Union and her co-host Julianne Hough were fired.

Hough, 31, took the high road and thanked NBC for the opportunity. But Union didn't take her termination well. Union urged her fans not to be that negro who lets opportunity slip between her fingers.

"Do your best because corporations want global dollars," Union continued. "Do your best to hold the door open and hold people responsible."

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While Hough has a full schedule, Union has earned a reputation as being difficult to work with on sets.

Still, she regrets not speaking out until she was forced to depart from the show. She understands if others in her position are afraid to speak out.

"It's terrifying. There's a solid chance you'll lose your job," she said before adding coyly, "I speak from experience."

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden refuses to answer questions about an outdated racial term he used in a viral clip from a 2017 video.

The video clip shows Biden surrounded by Black women and children at a pool renaming ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden regaled the crowd with a colorful story about the time he worked as a lifeguard at a desegregated swimming pool back in the day.

"By the way, you know, I sit on the stand, and it get[s] hot. I got a lot, I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun, and the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again. They'd look at it. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap."

 

The video clip didn't generate interest in the mainstream news media. But Black Twitter questioned what the 77-year-old Democratic candidate meant when he uttered the term "roaches" while surrounded by Black children.

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Many questioned the timing of the video clip, which resurfaced online after former President Barack Obama made it clear that Biden is not his choice for the Democratic nominee.

Biden doesn't bond with voters, Obama allegedly said during a meeting with presidential hopefuls in his D.C. office earlier this year.

Famed radio host and attorney Larry Elder wondered aloud in a rhetorical tweet, "And if @realDonaldTrump referred to blacks kid as "ROACHES"? [sic].

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Biden's history of insensitive racial remarks continues to plague his campaign, already hobbled by his son Hunter Biden's inconvenient comedy of errors.

During his early days in the U.S. Senate, Biden was strongly opposed to busing to desegregate schools. He warned busing would lead to a "racial jungle."

California Senator Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week, confronted Biden during a tense Democratic primary debate in June.

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"I do not believe you are a racist," she said, as she criticized his praise for staunch segregationists like Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

"But it was hurtful to hear you talk [about] the reputations of two United States Senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country."

"And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me."

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NBC has opened an investigation into racism and sexism allegations against America's Got Talent creator Simon Cowell, right.

The network tells Deadline.com they have a "deeper understanding of the facts" after meeting on Wednesday with Gabrielle Union, who was let go as a judge on the talent competition series.

Both NBC and Union called their 5-hour meeting "productive". Union, 47, asked for the meeting to hear her suggestions on improving the "toxic environment" on the set.

"The initial conversation was candid and productive," said the network. "While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution."

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Deadline says NBC plans to investigate Union's allegations that Cowell is "acerbic and overlording" on the set.

"The next step in the process for NBC is to have an as yet undetermined independent investigator prioritize moving things forward," Deadline writes.

"The ball is in NBC's court to see if they can get Cowell to agree to make some changes to the way things are done on the show," an insider tells Deadline.

Another source told People magazine that Cowell "Rubbed a lot of people the wrong way" on AGT. And he is "rarely told no."

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Julianne Hough, right, is apparently avoiding former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union after both women were let go from the show after hosting just one season.

According to Extra TV, Hough and her brother Derek were in NYC to attend the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday night.

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Hough, who performed at the festivities, told "Extra" she and Union "have yet to speak" about the controversy surrounding Union's remarks.

Union reportedly met with NBC to hear her complaints on Wednesday, and she took to social media to say the 5-hour meeting was "productive".

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It was reported that Union's contract was not renewed after she complained about a "toxic culture" inside the NBC show. The network told "Extra" that the show "has a long history of inclusivity and diversity." They added, "NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

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A source told Variety.com that staffers with Simon Cowell's production company Syco pestered Union with notes about her ever-changing hair weave. The notes reportedly said her hair was "too black" for the show's audience.

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But Hough, 31, told Extra TV that she is too busy to deal with the AGT drama. "We have been busy here promoting this 'Holidays with the Houghs' special," she explained, adding: "We will connect, for sure."

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Hough, pictured here with season 14 guest judge Queen Latifah, previously said she was "grateful" for her opportunity to be a judge on the talent competition show. Hough has not spoken publicly about the drama behind-the-scenes since the story broke.

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Simon Cowell's production company has brought in the lawyers to speak with Gabrielle Union about the alleged racism and sexism on the set of America's Got Talent.

As you know, Union was let go as a judge after hosting just one season of AGT for a reported $15 million salary. But the 47-year-old Scorpio refused to go quietly without hurling accusations of racism and sexism on the set.

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Among her complaints were a joke made by by Jay Leno and notes passed to her by staffers complaining about her ever-changing hairstyles.

A source told Variety.com that staffers complained Union's hairweave was "too black" for the audience.

Cowell's production company Syco brought in lawyers for a scheduled meeting between Union, Syco NBC and producers Freemantle.

Variety.com reports that NBC plans to speak with Union to ask her about her concerns regarding the environment on the set.

A source confirmed to Page Six: "The companies are retaining outside counsel to assist us in learning more about the facts in this matter, starting with hearing from Gabrielle, which we expect to happen this week."

A source told Deadline.com that Union was anxious to meet with NBC to discuss how she can help them to improve the "toxic environment" on the set.

"Gabrielle believes there is a toxicity that has become normalized at 'Talent,'" an insider told Deadline on Monday.

"She wants to help fix that, because she loved a lot of her time on the show last season, even with the issues with Simon and what have you. But she could never go back, even if they did a [180] and asked her to for another season — no."

But sources say the "toxic" environment on the set improved as soon as Union left. They say her constant complaints to the network bosses is the main reason why she got the boot.