Ellen Pompeo slams network bosses over Gabrielle Union 'America's Got Talent' exit

Ellen Pompeo. (Getty Images)
Ellen Pompeo. (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has offered her support to Gabrielle Union following reports she was fired from America's Got Talent for voicing her concerns about the "toxic culture" on the NBC show.

The 47-year-old was a first-time judge of the 14th season of the reality competition show. Last week it was announced that Gabrielle would not be returning for the 15th season.

On Tuesday trade publication Variety published an exclusive report claiming that the actress expressed concern over "offensive" incidents that took place on the set.

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In a series of tweets on Thursday Ellen voiced her support for Gabrielle.

She wrote: It's unfortunate that @nbc the same network that protected disgusting men like Matt Lauer and punished women for speaking out or not putting up with it...has not changed their practices or culture. I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage."

Ellen - who is one of the world's highest-paid TV stars - also called upon women to unite in the workplace.


Will & Grace star, Debra Messing also voiced her support on Twitter.

While Gabrielle hasn't officially commented on the reports, she has thanked everyone for their support.

Alongside a photo of her and husband Dwyane Wade on Instagram she wrote: "Lord, you know I'm trying whew and breathe. Support is everything."


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht. (Sources:Cover Media, Channel24, Variety, Twitter, Instagram)