Sophia Vergara in talks to join AGT following Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough’s controversial exit!

Last Modified: 9th Sep

As actress Sophia Vergara’s Modern Family journey is coming to an end, her next gig might just have opened up – as a judge on season 15 of America's Got Talent.

Vergara, 47 sat down for a two-hour meeting with “AGT” executives Wednesday to discuss replacing the seat left vacant following Gabrielle Union’s controversial exit from the show.

Sophia Vergara portrayed Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in Modern Family (Image: SheKnows)

TMZ reported that the meeting went on to discuss other potential opportunities with the network including a new drama series or a  Spanish-language show on NBC.

Vergara’s most recent role was in the 2019 baseball drama Bottom of the 9th. Also, her Latino-centered production company RAZE is currently in production on “Maradonna: Blessed Dream,” a series about the legendary soccer player. She had co-launched the company with Luis Balaguer and Emiliano Calemzuk.

Controversial Exit

Actresses Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough joined season 15 of America's Got Talent replacing Mel B and Heidi Klum in February 2019.

In November 2019, 47-year-old Union was fired from the AGT judge panel amid reports that the actress had been outspoken to producers about Jay Leno’s joke during a taping. Apparently, she had found it to be racially insensitive.

Sources also claimed that Gabrielle Union was criticized for her rotating hairstyles, which for the audience of AGT was “too black”.

Gabrielle Union, and Julianne Hough in the judge panel in season 14 of AGT (Bustle)

Hough, who is also a dancer was also fired from AGT, although the reasons were not clear. According to Variety, her departure may have been rooted in the tensions that arose on the set of AGT or excessive notes on her physical appearance.

According to Good Housekeeping, the factor may be the decline in ratings from season 13 to 14, which went down by 29%. or the show’s habit of switching out judges to keep things fresh.

Over the last 14 seasons, the show has featured a total of five hosts- Regis Philbin, Jerry Springer, Nick Cannon, Tyra Banks, and currently Terry Crews and nine different judges including Howard Stern, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Alesha Dixon, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel.

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