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 Jay Leno has made his first comments since the firing of Gabrielle Union from America's Got Talent after complaining about his racist anti-Korean joke.

The 68-year-old comedian was seen leaving his special set at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California on Sunday night.

He was asked several questions about the controversy surrounding the reality talent competition show and dodged most of them until the 47-year-old television personality Union came up. 

Jay - who guest starred in an episode which aired in April -  said:  'I love Gabrielle Union, she's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her, she's really good.'

Controversy: Jay Leno has made his first comments since the firing of Gabrielle Union from America's Got Talent after complaining about his racist anti-Korean joke as he was seen leaving The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California on Sunday night

Controversy: Jay Leno has made his first comments since the firing of Gabrielle Union from America's Got Talent after complaining about his racist anti-Korean joke as he was seen leaving The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California on Sunday night

Point of conflict: The 69-year-old comedian guest starred in an episode which aired in April as he is seen pictured to the right of 47-year-old Union on the judges panel

Point of conflict: The 69-year-old comedian guest starred in an episode which aired in April as he is seen pictured to the right of 47-year-old Union on the judges panel

He was then asked if she was treated fairly but the former host of the Tonight Show remained mum when queried if she was treated fairly.

Leno said:  'I don't know but I think she's a great girl'

He was also asked if he regrets telling the Korean joke centered around eating dogs but the comedian jokingly mimed like he was giving a response but no actual words were coming out of his mouth.

Interesting: He was asked several questions about the controversy surrounding the reality talent competition show and dodged most of them until the 47-year-old television personality Union came up

Interesting: He was asked several questions about the controversy surrounding the reality talent competition show and dodged most of them until the 47-year-old television personality Union came up

'I love Gabrielle Union, she's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her, she's really good': Jay guest starred in an episode which aired in April but didn't remain silent when talking about the 47-year-old television personality

'I love Gabrielle Union, she's a great girl. I really enjoyed working with her, she's really good': Jay guest starred in an episode which aired in April but didn't remain silent when talking about the 47-year-old television personality 

Coy: He was also asked if he regrets telling the Korean joke centered around eating dogs but the comedian jokingly mimed like he was giving a response but no actual words were coming out of his mouth

Coy: He was also asked if he regrets telling the Korean joke centered around eating dogs but the comedian jokingly mimed like he was giving a response but no actual words were coming out of his mouth

This came just days after judges Union and Julianne Hough had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show before their contracts were not renewed the previous week. 

The conflict was reportedly sparked when Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April, according to a new report by Variety.

Since the initial reports former NBA star Dwayne Wade has confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they're baffled by her booting from the show.  

She also received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as 'too black' for the show's core audience, according to four sources with direct knowledge. 

Taking to Twitter late Wednesday, Wade inferred that Variety's report was accurate, stating that his wife is 'an advocate for our community and culture'. 

Days ago NBA star Dwayne Wade has confirmed his wife Union was fired from America's Got Talent last week. Wade is pictured visiting his wife on the set of the popular NBC show back in August

Days ago NBA star Dwayne Wade has confirmed his wife Union was fired from America's Got Talent last week. Wade is pictured visiting his wife on the set of the popular NBC show back in August

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