Les Moonves was the CEO of CBS and was fired in September after he was accused of sexual harassment by several women. However, it was a hug from Baby Jesus when it was announced yesterday that Moonves will not receive his $120 million severance package. The Associated Press reports, “The board of directors concluded he violated company policy and was uncooperative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.”
This is not only great news for people who have endured sexual harassment, but we cannot forget Moonves’ treatment of Janet Jackson, which nearly destroyed her career.
After the infamous 2004 wardrobe malfunction during the Superbowl, which aired on CBS, he was reportedly obsessed with ruining the pop diva’s career. The Huffington Post reported back in September, when the sexual harassment allegations about him went public, Moonves had her banned from the 2004 Grammys broadcast because she didn’t “tearfully” apologize like he demanded of her. “The CBS chief executive, according to sources who spoke to me, was furious that Jackson didn’t make a similarly contrite apology to him,” the site reported. “The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson’s career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day.”
Moonves also “ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson’s songs and music videos. The move had a huge impact on sales of her album ‘Damita Jo,’ which was released in March 2004, just a month after the Super Bowl.”
He was also outraged when she got a book deal with Simon & Schuster in 2011, which is owned by CBS. He reportedly said, “How the f*ck did she slip through?”
Thankfully, his sexual harassment will not “slip through” CBS again.
In honor of Les’ overdue fall from grace, we are honoring Janet with some of her most fabulous videos, see below:
Now That Les Moonves Was Fired With No Pay, Let’s Celebrate More Of Janet Jackson was originally published on hellobeautiful.com