When Ronan Farrow wrote that profile about Harvey Weinstein being the Grade-A pig of Hollywood, he walked away with a Pulitzer Prize. Boy must be thirsty for another because word dropped that he’s about to release a profile on how CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has been known around his office for acting like your creepy uncle who gives you unwanted kisses and hugs at Thanksgiving. And to think, those hens on The Talk were juuuuust beginning to brag about how they were way less dramatic than those crows on The View.
The Hollywood Reporter says Ronan’s piece for the New Yorker will say Les had several instances of giving unwanted kisses and touching over 20 years ago, but there are several claims of sexual misconduct that happened more recently. The New Yorker refused to comment on something that hasn’t been published yet. But someone who has knowledge of the piece said it dives deeper into the work culture at CBS. As y’all know, Charlie Rose got the boot from CBS This Morning after the Washington Post posted its own bombshell of women saying he had preyed upon them over the years. Now with Les’ shit hitting the fan, I bet they’re really regretting not taking the Today show route and just having two lady anchors going forward!
The Hollywood Reporter also served its own helping of shade to remind people Les had only finalized his divorce from his first wife for two weeks before walking down the aisle with The Talk co-host Julie Chen. Deadline is reporting CBS is investigating the claims. They issued this statement:
“The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.”
This comes at a sticky time when the network’s board is trying to ween off how much control Shari Redstone (the largest shareholder and daughter of former Viacom head Sumner Redstone) has over the company. She fired off a statement that basically said “wasn’t me!”:
“The malicious insinuation that Ms. Redstone is somehow behind the allegations of inappropriate personal behavior by Mr. Moonves or today’s reports is false and self-serving.”
Stock in the company dropped 6%. My DVR will be on overdrive Monday because Julie has previously shaded The View, so I’m sure they’ll be licking their chops over the thought of what a Les-less CBS might mean for Julie since the only show on the network he hasn’t put her on is NCIS, and I’m sure that’s only a matter of time. Or at least, it was.