CBS Addresses Tough Questions: Les Moonves’ Misconduct Allegations. More Diversity At The Network. Big Bang’s Final Season?By Delaina Dixon | August 5, 2018 | Entertainment
There’s nothing more intimidating than being on stage and taking tough questions from television critics. Now get up on stage and take on questions about your top executive’s misconduct investigation.
That’s the case for CBS President Kelly Kahl – and of course, it had to be done. CBS Corporation Chairman and C.E.O. Leslie Moonves was recently accused of sexual misconduct by six women.
Kelly started his panel with a prepared speech on the current climate of CBS. “It’s been hard,” he admitted, adding that several female employees are “saddened by what they read about their company, it’s not their experience.” For them, CBS has been a fulfilling place to work.
While Kelly stated that Moonves has been an “excellent boss and mentor for a long time,” he did declare that all allegations need to be and are taking seriously and that two outside law firms are investigating the charges.
Moonves’ misconduct allegations have shadowed CBS’ inroads in bringing more diversity to the network, which is usually the biggest complaint CBS finds itself defending. “I’m very proud of what we record levels of diverse actors on our show, directors and writers.,” said Kelly, with a nod to the black-led series The Neighborhood, Happy Together and God Friended Me coming to the network. “We’ve made great strides.”
To the question over whether the 12th is the final season of Big Bang Theory, Kelly declared that they are working with its production team to bring it back for a 13th season and more.
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