Julianne Hough denies ‘AGT’ staffers criticized her physical appearance

Julianne Hough issued a denial after a report claimed she was subjected to criticism of her physical appearance during her time as a judge on America’s Got Talent.

“I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent. I loved working with the cast, crew and producers,” the dancer, 31, said in a statement to Variety on Tuesday, November 26. “I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC. … I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”

Although Hough was dropped from the AGT judging panel, she has two more projects with NBC in the works: a TV special costarring her brother, Derek Hough, titled Holidays With the Houghs, and an appearance on the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center program.

Julianne’s statement came after two unnamed sources claimed to Variety that the Grease: Live star had received constant criticism on her hair, makeup and wardrobe from AGT staffers. The magazine reported that the incidents impacted Julianne’s morale and caused tension on set.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich attend Steven Tyler's GRAMMY Awards viewing party benefiting Janie's Fund held at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend Julianne Hough and Anita Patrickson Host an evening at AMANU to benefit LOVE UNITED at Amanu on May 10, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Amanu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend Lorraine Schwartz launches The Eye Bangle a new addition to her signature Against Evil Eye Collection at Delilah on March 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Lorraine Schwartz )
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend the Volkswagen Holiday Drive-In Event at Releigh Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 16, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for dOMAIN Integrated)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Julianne Hough and husband Brooks Laich attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The Trevor Project )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the Paint & Sip & Help event to Benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles hosted by The Grove on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend Nina Dobrev celebrates the harper by Harper's BAZAAR September Issue with an Event Presented By Sephora In LA at Rosaline on August 22, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for harper by Harper's BAZAAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Professional hockey player Brooks Laich and professional dancer Julianne Hough attend the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala Presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 22: Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough and fiance Brooks Laich of the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland park on June 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Resorts via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Brooks Laich and fiance Julianne Hough attend FOX's "Grease: Live" For Your Consideration Event Event at Paramount Studios on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Julianne only appeared on season 14 of America’s Got Talent. News broke last week that she and fellow judge Gabrielle Union had been cut from the show. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews are all expected to return for season 15.

The Variety report also claimed that Union, 47, was let go after she urged producers to report an offensive joke made by guest star Jay Leno to human resources. The former late-night host, 69, allegedly joked about Cowell’s dogs being “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” in a segment that never made it to air.

In response to the allegations, NBC and Fremantle said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host lineup has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

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