BREAKING: Les Moonves to Officially Step Down as CEO of CBS, Says New Report


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Embroiled in a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, CEO of CBS Les Moonves is officially leaving the company in an exit deal that could be unveiled Monday, it has been reported. According to executive sources who spoke with CNN, lawyers are in the final stages of a settlement for Moonves, following a fresh series of accusations against him broken in The New Yorker Sunday. Ronan Farrow, who dug up the scoop, learned of six women who claim to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by Moonves, in addition to others who’ve already come forward. The mounting stories paint a dark picture of the CEO, who’s days now appear to be numbered. Check out our recap of Farrow’s latest report here. [Image via screengrab]

BREAKING: Les Moonves to Officially Step Down as CEO of CBS, Says New Report


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Embroiled in a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, CEO of CBS Les Moonves is officially leaving the company in an exit deal that could be unveiled Monday, it has been reported. According to executive sources who spoke with CNN, lawyers are in the final stages of a settlement for Moonves, following a fresh series of accusations against him broken in The New Yorker Sunday. Ronan Farrow, who dug up the scoop, learned of six women who claim to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by Moonves, in addition to others who’ve already come forward. The mounting stories paint a dark picture of the CEO, who’s days now appear to be numbered. Check out our recap of Farrow’s latest report here. [Image via screengrab]

New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’


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New allegations against 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who’s been accused of groping co-workers and fostering a culture of outright sexism at CBS, were revealed in a new report. The scoop was broken Sunday by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, who reported that in additino to a slew of fresh accusations against the company’s C.E.O. Les Moonves, Fager is also said to have been part of what’s been billed a “boy’s club.” That description came from Sarah Johansen, a producer with whom Farrow spoke. During her time as a CBS intern in the late 2000s, she said Fager touched her butt at a work party. Recalling the incident, Johansen told Farrow “all of a sudden, I felt a hand on my ass. The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager.” To Johansen, it seemed like “a Continue reading "New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’"

New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’


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New allegations against 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who’s been accused of groping co-workers and fostering a culture of outright sexism at CBS, were revealed in a new report. The scoop was broken Sunday by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, who reported that in additino to a slew of fresh accusations against the company’s C.E.O. Les Moonves, Fager is also said to have been part of what’s been billed a “boy’s club.” That description came from Sarah Johansen, a producer with whom Farrow spoke. During her time as a CBS intern in the late 2000s, she said Fager touched her butt at a work party. Recalling the incident, Johansen told Farrow “all of a sudden, I felt a hand on my ass. The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager.” To Johansen, it seemed like “a Continue reading "New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’"

WATCH: Ronan Farrow Reports More Women Accuse Les Moonves of Sex Crimes and Violence


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As CBS C.E.O. Les Moonves reportedly prepares to exit the company, six additional women have launched a fresh series of allegations against the executive, adding to mounting claims that his pattern of sexual misconduct was swept under the rug for years. The new accounts, broken by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, include both sexual harassment and assault between the 1980s and the early 2000s. Among the claims are stories “that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them,” Farrow writes. One of the women who has stepped forward, longtime TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, said she made a criminal complaint to Los Angeles police last year, accusing the C.E.O. “of physically restraining her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, and of exposing Continue reading "WATCH: Ronan Farrow Reports More Women Accuse Les Moonves of Sex Crimes and Violence"

CBS Chief Les Moonves Had Janet Jackson Blackballed After Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction, Per New Report


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CBS chief executive Les Moonves was reportedly so enraged by Janet Jackson‘s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction that he tried to destroy her career. According to the HuffPo, the whole thing was over that unfortunate moment when Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric from Jackson’s costume exposing a bit too much to a worldwide audience in 2004. HuffPo reports:
Jackson became a years-long fixation for Moonves after the so-called “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004, when her breast was exposed for nine-sixteenths of a second after Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her bustier during their Super Bowl halftime performance. CBS and MTV (a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of CBS at the time), which produced the halftime show, faced a torrent of criticism and a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine.
Both Jackson and Timberlake said it was an accident, but apparently, Moonves didn’t believe the Continue reading "CBS Chief Les Moonves Had Janet Jackson Blackballed After Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction, Per New Report"

CBS Board Reportedly Offering $100M to Oust Embattled CEO Les Moonves


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The board of CBS Corporation has reportedly had enough of embattled CEO Les Moonves, and is negotiating a massive exit package in an effort to oust him from the company. According to CNBC, the CBS board is offering Moonves — who has been accused of sexual harassment by six womenan exit package of approximately $100 million to entice the executive to walk away. Under that arrangement, Moonves, remarkably, would be forfeiting approximately $80 million in compensation which he would reportedly be owed as part of a severance package and a production deal. The accusations against Moonves were made public as part of a bombshell report in the New Yorker written by Ronan Farrow on July 27. In a statement published by the New Yorker, Moonves said, “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were Continue reading "CBS Board Reportedly Offering $100M to Oust Embattled CEO Les Moonves"

Colbert Absolutely Goes In On ‘Bath Salts Spokesmodel’ Alex Jones: His Site ‘Just Lost Their War on Info’


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Over the past 48 hours, Infowars — the Alex Jones-run far-right conspiracy site — has had its content removed from a host of major platforms including; Apple, Facebook, and YouTube. On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert could hardly contain his glee while reporting the news. “Folks, there was some bad news recently for extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist and bath salts spokesmodel Alex Jones,” the Late Show host said. “Because it looks like his website Infowars just lost their war on info…Now if you want to see one of Jones’ signature rants, you’ll have to be in the next booth at Ruby Tuesday’s when he sees a mother breastfeeding.” Colbert then segued into a sketch featuring his character Tuck Buckford — based on Jones. The premise of the bit was that Buckford, too, was being purged from social media. The character billed his exile as the “martyrdom of old Tuck Continue reading "Colbert Absolutely Goes In On ‘Bath Salts Spokesmodel’ Alex Jones: His Site ‘Just Lost Their War on Info’"

Howard Kurtz Scolds MSNBC, CNN For Not Covering Return of US Remains From North Korea: ‘The Wrong Call’


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On Fox News on Thursday, host of Media Buzz Howard Kurtz discussed the lack of coverage of the ceremony in Hawaii yesterday, held for the return of remains of American servicemembers from North Korea. The return of the remains was part of the negotiation between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un earlier this year. Fox News carried the ceremony in full on Wednesday night, and were the only network to do so. Kurtz said that this was a mistake on the part of the other networks, and another example of their failing to understand the heartland. “I understand the temptation to cover other, more controversial Trump news, he said. “But that was the wrong call and here’s why.” “One, you can’t overstate the emotional significance of these presumed remains of American fighting soldiers coming home 65 years after the Korean war ended,” he said. “And two, all of this
Continue reading "Howard Kurtz Scolds MSNBC, CNN For Not Covering Return of US Remains From North Korea: ‘The Wrong Call’"

Les Moonves Suspended From Board of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts


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CBS CEO Les Moonves has been suspended from the Board of Councilors of The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The suspension comes after a New Yorker report detailing sexual misconduct allegations by six women was published last week. “The USC School of Cinematic Arts has suspended Les Moonves from its Board of Councilors,” the statement, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, read. “The School takes the recent allegations very seriously and will discuss further action when the Board convenes in October.” The decision follows CBS’ own decision to select outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into the matter but allow Moonves to remain on the job for the time being. The fallout was also not only limited to the university’s Cinematic Arts program. In addition to being stripped of his board role for now, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at The University Continue reading "Les Moonves Suspended From Board of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts"

Les Moonves Will Reportedly Address Sexual Harrassment Allegations in CBS Corp Earnings Call


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CBS chief Les Moonves is reportedly getting set to participate in a company conference call on Thursday. And in it, he’s reportedly anticipating that he’ll face questions about the sexual harassment allegations against him, which were reported last week by The New Yorker. Fox Business’ Charles Gasparino has the details: It seems CBS has no plans to take action against Moonves yet, as the network did not announce Continue reading "Les Moonves Will Reportedly Address Sexual Harrassment Allegations in CBS Corp Earnings Call"

Colbert Addresses CBS’s Les Moonves Allegations: He May Be ‘My Guy,’ But ‘I Believe in Accountability’


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On Monday night, Stephen Colbert tackled the sexual misconduct allegations against CBS CEO Les Moonves made public last week, someone he hoped wasn’t watching his monologue. Colbert literally had a spit take in reaction to Ronan Farrow being the author of the New Yorker bombshell report published about the CBS chief, who was accused by six women of sexual harassment and assault. “That’s not good!” Colbert exclaimed. “Ronan isn’t exactly known for his puff pieces about glamping.” He then showed a news clip covering the exposé, which include how his alleged victims called Moonves inappropriately touching them was a “practiced routine.” “Well, you know the old saying: How do you get in a Ronan Farrow article? Practice, practice, practice,” Colbert quipped. “I’ll have some more to say about this over there at the desk later, assuming we make it past the commercial break…”

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CBS Announces Plans for Independent Investigation Into Les Moonves Allegations


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CBS’ Board of Directors have announced that they are appointing an outside counsel to launch an investigation into Les Moonves‘ alleged sexual misconduct following a bombshell New Yorker report Friday. The network confirmed the news in a Monday statement, saying “no other action was taken on this matter at today’s board meeting.” As such, it would seem Moonves will not be suspended as the media executive continues to deal with multiple women accusing him of inappropriate behavior. The statement comes after Julie Chen, Moonves’ wife, reaffirmed support for her husband on The Talk, standing by her previous Continue reading "CBS Announces Plans for Independent Investigation Into Les Moonves Allegations"

Julie Chen Doubles Down on Support For Husband Les Moonves in Talk Return


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Three days after the bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct against CBS chief Les Moonves were published by The New Yorker, his wife — Julie Chen — made her first televised comments on the matter. And she doubled down on her earlier support of the embattled executive. Addressing the controversy briefly on The Talk, Chen made clear that nothing has changed over the past few days to cause her to rethink her position. “Some of you may be aware of what’s going on in my life the past few days,” Chen said. “I issued the one and only statement I will ever make on this topic on Twitter, and I will stand by that statement today, tomorrow, forever.” Chen posted the prior statement she referenced to Twitter on Friday. In it, she stood firmly behind Moonves. “I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ‘90s, and I Continue reading "Julie Chen Doubles Down on Support For Husband Les Moonves in Talk Return"

Julie Chen Releases Statement Standing by Husband Les Moonves After New Yorker Report


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CBS’ Julie Chen has released a statement making it clear that she is standing by her husband Leslie Moonves in the wake of an explosive New Yorker report by Ronan Farrow detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves. The report details the account of six women who come forward accusing Moonves of forcible kissing and other unwanted sexual behavior. In response to the allegations, Moonves issued the following statement, which also appeared in The New Yorker report:
“Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our company. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have Continue reading "Julie Chen Releases Statement Standing by Husband Les Moonves After New Yorker Report"

Current and Former Employees Allege CBS’ Jeff Fager ‘Allowed Harassment,’ Inappropriately Touched Employees


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Ronan Farrow‘s bombshell new report on sexual harassment accusations against CBS CEO Les Moonves also features some serious allegations against former CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. Fager, currently the executive producer of 60 Minutes, is being accused by “nineteen current and former employees” of fostering an environment that “allowed harassment in the division.” Multiple former employees have alleged Fager “would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable” at company parties and once “made drunken advances” to one female producer. And then there are the allegations of allowing this workplace climate to go on:
According to several people who were told about the incident at the time, a senior producer named Vicki Gordon alleged that another senior producer, Michael Radutzky, threatened to throw furniture at her and twisted her arm behind her back, causing her to scream. (Radutzky categorically denied the allegations, saying that they were fabricated. Continue reading "Current and Former Employees Allege CBS’ Jeff Fager ‘Allowed Harassment,’ Inappropriately Touched Employees"

Six Women Accuse CBS’ Les Moonves of Sexual Harassment in Bombshell New Report


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The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow has just published a bombshell report on CBS CEO Leslie Moonves allegedly sexually harassing six women and leading a company where sexual misconduct was allowed to fester. The alleged sexual misconduct occurred from the 1980’s to the late 2000’s and involved forcible kissing or unwanted sexual contact. Farrow reports:
Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result. “What happened to me was a sexual assault, and then I was fired for not participating,” the actress Continue reading "Six Women Accuse CBS’ Les Moonves of Sexual Harassment in Bombshell New Report"

CBS’ Moonves Reportedly Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Impending New Yorker Report


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There is apparently a new report coming out on allegations of sexual misconduct against a high-profile media figure. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan Farrow has another bombshell dropping in The New Yorker later today about Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS:
CBS declined to comment. A spokesperson for The New Yorker says “We don’t comment on pieces we haven’t published.” Sources with knowledge of the article say it delves into the broader culture at CBS and will publish later today on the magazine’s website. The allegations are said in part to involve instances of unwanted kissing and touching that occurred more than twenty years ago.
Farrow, of course, has extensively reported on numerous stories of serious allegations against high-profile figures like Harvey Weinstein. CBS has issued a statement:

CBS’s John Dickerson Hits Trump: You Can’t Say You Don’t Know About Something and Be On Tape Discussing It


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CBS News anchor John Dickerson appeared on The Late Show and weighed in on various subjects surrounding the Trump presidency. Dickerson first addressed the recently-released that recorded then-candidate Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen discussing the payment of silencing former Playboy model Karen McDougal about her alleged affair him the current president. “You cannot say you don’t know about something and then be on tape orchestrating the arrangement of the thing you previously said you didn’t know about,” Dickerson said. “He’s that good,” Stephen Colbert reacted. The CBS This Morning co-host called it “quite a serious deal” and that we all should still think that our president “should tell us the truth about things.” Colbert then pointed out that we now “grade” Trump’s lies “on a scale” that includes “betraying our country to a hostile foreign power,” but Dickerson added that the scale was also changed for Bill Continue reading "CBS’s John Dickerson Hits Trump: You Can’t Say You Don’t Know About Something and Be On Tape Discussing It"

WATCH: Homeland Security Agents Bust in on CBS Interview With an ICE Whistleblower


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A CBS interview with an ICE whistleblower was interrupted in wild fashion when two Homeland Security agents suddenly showed up at the whistleblower’s front door. In a segment which aired on CBS This Morning Thursday, CBS correspondent Jamie Yuccas was speaking with former ICE spokesman James Schwab — in what was his first television interview since his sudden resignation in March. Schwab told CBS he quit his post after Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a public claim that ICE failed to make 800 arrests as a result of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipping off the community to ICE’s planned raid. Days earlier, in a carefully worded statement, Schwab told the media that “some” arrests had been lost due to the tip off. But then Sessions came out with the inflated number, and Schwab was peeved. “Completely false,” he said of the Sessions claim. Schwab added, “That made me extremely uncomfortable. Continue reading "WATCH: Homeland Security Agents Bust in on CBS Interview With an ICE Whistleblower"