If Julie Chen is going to be marooned on Big Brother island, she better be compensated for it, dammit! Juile’s husband, ex-CBS head Les Moonves, and his reputation went down in a flaming pile of Ronan Farrow fever. Ronan’s reporting unmasked years of sexual misconduct allegations against Les, and Les was told to scram. He seemed to take it all in stride since he was still up for a $120 million severance package, but CBS decided to nip that in the bud since, well, they’re probably needing the cash to pay the lawyers handling the OTHER pervs they once had on the payroll. We didn’t hear much from Les after he was told “Hard pass!” on the request for his severance, but now he’s back challenging the ruling keeping him away from millions.
The New York Post says Les is expected to make a case in arbitration as part of his exit agreement. I have a feeling it will begin with, “How will I pay alimony if I don’t have $120 million in my checking account?!” CBS reached its decision after a three-month investigation into how Les had behaved while at the network. They uncovered all sorts of shit, like allegations of him forcing oral sex on aspiring actresses and cancelling Cybill for no other reason than Cybill Shepherd wouldn’t sleep with him (that cliffhanger is STILL unforgiveable, Les!).
Les’ lawyer Andrew Levander has called the CBS decision “without merit” and “baseless.” The whole ordeal is also why Julie left The Talk and wages a battle with last name macroaggressions from her hosting gig on Big Brother. Les denies everything, and it sounds like both his camp and CBS have to pick an arbitrator before they start hearing the appeal. If you ask me, they should just have Jeff Probst play this thing out on the 90000000th season of Survivor. Whoever eats the most grasshoppers on a beach in Borneo first gets the $120 million!