Heidi Klum weighed in on America's Got Talent racism row saying she 'didn't experience the same thing' and everyone's pointing out the obvious

Joanna Taylor
Friday 17 January 2020 11:30
Showbiz
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Heidi Klum defended America's Got Talent after fellow judge Gabrielle Union accused it of being a "toxic culture" and people are amazed this rich white supermodel didn't experience the same treatment as her black colleague.

Gabrielle Union left America's Got Talent in December after just one series. Her husband Dwayne Wade claimed that the actress had been fired rather than choosing to leave the show.

Television network NBC and actors' union SAG-AFTRA have been investigating AGT after Union reportedly claimed she was told her hairstyle was "too black" for the show's audience amongst other racist comments.

Speaking to a Television Critics Association panel earlier this week, Klum told reporters:

I've only had an amazing experience. I can't speak for (Union). I didn't experience the same thing. To me, everyone treats you with the utmost respect. I’ve never seen anything that was weird or hurtful.

Julianne Hough, who judged AGT alongside Gabrielle Union, also left the show after one series.

People are frustrated that Klum failed to acknowledge the role white privilege could have played in her and Union's different experiences.

Klum has three biracial children from her former marriage with the musician Seal, making it all the more important that she understands the different experience BAME people go through because of their race.

NBC's investigation will likely conclude later this month, according to USA Today, with new practices implemented if necessary.

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