CBS Chief Les Moonves Was Reportedly Obsessed With Ruining Janet Jackson

Sep 10, 2018, 03:41
CBS Chief Les Moonves Was Reportedly Obsessed With Ruining Janet Jackson

Multiple unnamed sources told HuffPost that Moonves considered Jackson "not sufficiently repentant" for the incident, in which Justin Timberlake ripped away a piece of Jackson's leather outfit during the halftime show and left her breast exposed for "9/16 of a second" on live TV.

Timberlake apparently "tearfully apologized" after being banned from the 2004 Grammys broadcast (he was subsequently allowed to perform after apologizing), and Moonves expected a similar apology from Jackson that he never received. According to a new report, CBS executive Les Moonves was so enraged and embarrassed that he allegedly attempted to destroy Janet Jackson's career.

A new report claims that Moonves was "obsessed" with ruining Janet Jackson's career following her 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, an incident that Jackson and her co-performer Justin Timberlake have insisted was an accident.

Moonves ordered MTV and VH1 (both Viacom properties) and all owned-radio stations to stop playing Jackson's songs and videos. CBS and MTV (a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of CBS at the time), which produced the halftime show, faced a torrent of criticism and a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine.

HuffPost's sources said that they felt that Moonves "played a large part" in how the public perceived Jackson in the aftermath of an event that significantly damaged her career. Fans of Jackson who think Timberlake still owes Jackson an apology called for a #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay on Twitter to protest his performance and celebrate her musical career.

"How the f-- did she slip through?"

Moonves - the latest bigwig to be accused of sexually harassing several women - also hit the roof when he learned Jackson nabbed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself". He reportedly told another source who spoke to the HuffPo on condition of anonymity that "heads were going to roll" but it is unclear if he ever took action on his alleged threats. Moonves asked, according to a source.

Moonves is now reportedly negotiating his exit from CBS in the wake of the #MeToo accusations against him.

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