Crews — who hosts the NBC talent competition show — tweeted an apology to Union on Friday for not supporting her claims of discrimination, racial insensitivity and a “toxic” culture on the set.
“I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 ‘acknowledge the pain of other people,’” wrote Crews on social media. “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.” He goes to add that he hears, respects, and understands their perspective, and then directly apologizes to Union. “I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience— but that is what I did,” he wrote, tagging her in the comment on Twitter. “I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.”
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There is only one woman one earth I have to please. Her name is Rebecca.
Not my mother, my sister, my daughters or co-workers. I will let their husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take care of them.
Rebecca gives me WINGS
— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 27, 2020
Black Twitter dragged Crews for filth after he posted a series of cryptic tweets in response to the backlash to his initial comments about Union’s AGT exit.
“There is only one woman one earth I have to please,” he wrote on Twitter earlier this week. “Her name is Rebecca. Not my mother, my sister, my daughters or co-workers. I will let their husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take care of them. Rebecca gives me WINGS.”
One Twitter user responded to the comment with, “You literally came out your black mouth and said you don’t have to please your Black momma?”
Prior to that, Crews said during an interview on 3rd hour of “Today,” that he never experienced any of Union’s claims of discrimination, racial insensitivity and a “toxic” culture on the set.
“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,” he said. “That was never my experience … in fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment.”
“I have to say this, too. When you look at what the allegations were about, it was given by an unnamed source. My thing is — it’s funny because I believe you should listen to women, you should always believe women, so I asked my wife what I should do,” Crews added.
“She was like, first of all, if it’s coming from an unnamed source, because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly … if she hasn’t made a statement, why would you?”
Hear him tell it via the clip below.
In his latest strong of tweets, Crews added “You are a role model to the entire black community and In my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support. ”
Union has not yet publicly responded to his apology.