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Abby Huntsman (left) announced her departure from The View talk show on Monday, Jan. 13. She said she quit the show to join her father's gubernatorial campaign.
But a source tells Page Six the real reason for her abrupt departure was the simmering tension between Meghan McCain (right) and her fellow co-hosts.
"It's an unhealthy environment - just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other," said the insider. "It's intense."
The source continued: "Abby made an issue [to executives] about the overall environment. She's felt for a while that things had to change. ABC treated Abby like s--t, but everyone on the show gets treated like --t. She was smart enough to do something about it."
The insider said longtime co-host Whoopi Goldberg has also complained about the negative environment created by McCain on the set.
A second insider said that Huntsman described the environment as "toxic."
According to Page Six, Huntsman joined The View a year ago, around the same time McCain was hired.
But Huntsman made her decision to quit in December after seeing how McCain treated the other co-hosts.
"None of the ladies talk to Meghan now," a source told Page Six. "Abby was the last woman standing. It's bad. Meghan's so rude."
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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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50 Cent fired back at claims he bullied Power co-star Naturi Naughton's appearance on social media. According to The Blast, the 44-year-old troll reposted a side-by-side meme of Naughton next to Goro from Mortal Kombat. He wrote, "who the f—k did this, POWER is #1."
Naturi took offense to the meme and she responded to the rapper, whose Instagram account was shuttered after multiple complaints by users who say he is mentally abusive.
"Did we have a fight and I not know about it? So confused," she wrote. Naturi added:
"There's so much I wanna say but... You don't even have an Instagram account so... why waste my characters or come out of my CHARACTER! But do pick up a copy of my upcoming book: #whatNOTtoDoWhenYoureABoss ????? #ImNotACharacter #IAmARealPerson #IAmAWoman #IAmABlackWoman."
Loose Change responded to a fan who defended him against allegations that he bullied Naturi. "I thought u was sticking up for her or did I read wrong" the fan wrote. To which 5 Dimes replied, "I was sticking up for her, they just went and made some sh-t up."
Small Change is on his last leg on Twitter.com as well. My sources say he has already been warned to tone down his harassing tweets on the micromanaging platform.
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TMZ has fired veteran reporter Van Lathan after an on-air argument with another TMZ staffer escalated to verbal threats.
According to Page Six, TMZ handed Lathan his walking papers after he got into a nasty confrontation with fellow reporter, Michael Babcock, right.
Lathan famously confronted former rap producer Kanye West who said "slavery was a choice" on TMZ Live in May 2018.
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While Lathan was praised for checking Kanye on the air last year, he was let go this week for doing the same thing to Babcock.
According to Page Six, the two men argued over a political matter that escalated out of control when threats were leveled. The shouting match was edited out of the segment on "TMZ Live" last week.
After the segment, Lathan, who hosts the popular "Red Pill" podcast, confronted Babcock, who is more conservative in his political views.
A source tells Page Six that Lathan threatened Babcock, saying there would be trouble if he "ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again."
Insiders say that Lathan met with TMZ's attorneys, and that he was suspended after the meeting. He was officially let go a few days later, Page Six reports.
Sources tell Page Six that Lathan was "a huge part" of TMZ's success over the past few years, and that they were stunned he had been fired from the show.
Lathan declined to speak with Page Six on the advice of his attorney. Babcock reportedly hung up on a Page Six reporter.
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