'America's Got Talent' Host Terry Crews Apologizes to Gabrielle Union for Comments Amid Controversial Exit From Show

America's Got Talent host Terry Crews apologized to actress Gabrielle Union on Twitter after comments he made following her controversial departure from the show as a judge.

In November, Variety reported that Union's contract was not renewed after her first season due to alleged multiple instances of workplace toxicity. According to a source, Union was told that her hair was "too black" for the America's Got Talent audience.

Variety also reported that Union tried to convince producers to report a joke made on camera by Jay Leno during an interstitial segment that perpetuated negative Asian stereotypes. Union also unsuccessfully tried to convince producers to cut a white male performer from a performance, for inappropriately portraying people of color during a routine.

During a recent January appearance on Today, Crews said he did not experience racism on the set of America's Got Talent. "First of all, I can't speak for sexism, because I'm not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience on America's Got Talent," Crews he said at the time. "In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment."

Crews also said that he didn't want to speak about Union's accusations against America's Got Talent. "Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day, about any of these allegations publicly," he said. "My wife said, 'If she hasn't made a statement, why should you?' I said, 'Y'know what? I'm going to listen to her.'"

.@TerryCrews speaks out about Gabrielle Union leaving "America's Got Talent," after her claims of a toxic work environment.

"I can't speak for sexism...but I can speak on any racism comments. That was never my experience," he says. pic.twitter.com/XEoxn7gvWP

— 3rd Hour of TODAY (@3rdHourTODAY) January 23, 2020

On Friday, Crews tweeted a thread apologizing for his comments. "I want to apologize for the comments I made," he wrote. "I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn't say."

I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 “acknowledge the pain of other people.” Right now I have to do the same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 31, 2020

"I spoke from my own personal point of view without first taking into consideration someone else's experience," he continued. "I allowed disrespectful comments directed at me and my family to cause me to react angrily instead of responding thoughtfully. This certainly caused more harm, and it is my hope that I can amend any pain I have caused to those who were hurt by my words."

Crews also addressed Union directly. He said that he didn't intend to invalidate her experience and called her a role model for the entire black community. "You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace," he tweeted.

The AGT judge also said that he should've given Union his support. "In my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support," he tweeted.

Representatives for NBC spokesperson and Union did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Actress Gabrielle Union talks with actor Terry Crews during the 57th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 17, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty