CBS Fires Brad Kern, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Accused of Misconduct

Brad Kern at a Fox Network event in 2009. He was fired this week from CBS Television Studios, where he had been a showrunner of “NCIS: New Orleans.” (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Brad Kern at a Fox Network event in 2009. He was fired this week from CBS Television Studios, where he had been a showrunner of “NCIS: New Orleans.” (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

CBS Television Studios has fired a former showrunner of “NCIS: New Orleans” who had been under investigation for allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The former producer, Brad Kern, was terminated on Monday, a spokeswoman for CBS Television Studios said in a statement.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” according to the statement, which gave no further details.

Mr. Kern had been accused of misconduct ranging from mistreatment of women to racially insensitive comments, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A spokesman for Mr. Kern declined to comment Tuesday evening.

His firing comes during a broader cleanup at CBS, where a series of high-profile men have been ousted amid scandal, including Leslie Moonves, the longtime chief executive of the CBS Corporation, who stepped down last month after he was accused of sexual harassment. The CBS Corporation also recently shook up its board of directors.

Scandal has battered the news division of CBS — with the firings of Jeff Fager, the executive producer of “60 Minutes,” and Charlie Rose, a host of “CBS This Morning” — and a television writer recently accused Mr. Moonves of fostering a misogynistic culture on the entertainment side of the business.

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SOURCE: Sarah Mervosh
The New York Times