Following a report on Tuesday from Variety that claimed Union spoke out against the alleged “toxic” workplace culture at the show, the former NBA superstar tweeted praise for his wife’s morals and responded to the news. (The outlet reported on Sunday that Union’s contract was not renewed by NBC.)
“’Men lie, Women lie, numbers don’t’ Over this past year I’ve been approached by many people saying that my wife @itsgabrielleu is the main reason they’ve started watching #AGT or that they love her insight and sincerity on the show,” Wade, 37, tweeted.
“So when i got the news that my wife was being fired — my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”
Wade, who shares 12-month-old daughter Kaavia with the “Bring it On” star, went on to say that he was proud of his wife for “standing up for what she stands for.”
“So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we’ve talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world‼️”
Fellow “AGT” judge Julianne Hough also departed the popular talent competition show, but she denied that her departure was a result of the workplace environment described in the same report from Variety.