As head of a major American television network, Les Moonves held the power to change the lives with a single decision, based on nothing more than an impulse, a perceived insult, or a mood. In the latest of many, many, revelations that Les made business decisions with his crusty dick, Cybill Shepherd claims that Les cancelled her CBS TV show Cybill as punishment for rejecting his advances after the two had dinner together.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cybill appeared on SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show and detailed the encounter.
“He was, well, he was telling me his wife didn’t turn him on, some mistress didn’t turn him on,” Sheperd explained. “And … he says, ‘Well, you know, why don’t you let me take you home?’ I said, ‘No, I’ve got a ride.’ And I had my car outside with a good friend of mine who is an off-duty LAPD officer.”
Then, “quite shortly afterward,” her show, Cybill, was canceled, she said
And just like that, scores lives were affected because Les fucking Moonves dick gets bored too easily. Cybill ran from 1995 through 1998 and “ended abruptly, the final episode a cliffhanger with the words ‘To be continued…’”. Cybill says she’s sure that it would have run another 5 years if she’d agreed to go home with him. Of course, maybe Cybill’s got the wrong end of the stick. Maybe her show got cancelled because of low ratings, or she was too expensive, or nobody wants to see women over the age of 40 on TV. But considering Les’ history of “transactional and improper” dealings with women he’s worked with (per CBS’ own investigation), her explanation rings true.
Most of us will never know true power in our lives. We’re lucky if we have autonomy over our own bodies, and the tools available to us to influence other people’s behavior are pretty much limited to the words “yes”, “no”, and “please”. And this motherfucker was so bent out of shape that Cybill picked one he didn’t like, he tried to take her down. I honestly hope when CBS says “no” to that severance, he’s only left with “please”. I will be laughing my ass off in Janet Jackson as he begs for mercy. I will also laugh in Cybill. Laughing in Janet is more of a quiet giggle. It’s powerful in its own way, but laughing in Cybill means a throaty belly laugh accompanied by a nonchalant hair flip.