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Smothers Brothers Mark 50 Years of Being Fired by CBS

Network wanted to censor antiwar, political bits

(Newser) - Getting fired from work isn't usually a cause to celebrate. But the Smothers Brothers aren't your run-of-the-mill comedians. The duo has stepped out of retirement to commemorate the day 50 years ago when CBS canceled their show over their political impudence. Tom and Dick Smothers—ages 80 and... More »

In One Way, Colbert Is New King of Late Night

'Late Show' beat NBC's 'Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon for the adults-under-50 set

(Newser) - Not since David Letterman's early days at CBS as host of the Late Show has the network reigned over a key segment of the late-night domain. That just changed, according to Nielsen's newest ratings. Per the Hollywood Reporter , the Late Show With Stephen Colbert just assumed the No.... More »

Most-Hated Firm in America Has 'String of PR Disasters'

Facebook really gets our goat, per 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The opposite of love may be indifference, but hate is what Americans harbor for the companies that annoy, enrage, and frustrate them. And those firms fall in a variety of sectors, per 24/7 Wall St ., which ranked the most loathed companies in the country based on consumer surveys, data from... More »

CBS News Head Steps Down

Susan Zirinsky will replace David Rhodes

(Newser) - CBS said Sunday that its news division president, David Rhodes, is stepping down following a troubled year that saw morning anchor Charlie Rose and the top executive at 60 Minutes lose their jobs following misconduct reports. He is being replaced by veteran producer Susan Zirinsky. Zirinsky, who started work at... More »

Eliza Dushku Counters 'Deceptive' Claims by CBS, Actor

She says co-star, CBS are misrepresenting her $9.5M settlement with network

(Newser) - Eliza Dushku says she was treated shamefully on the set of Bull and fired for "simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment." In a Boston Globe op-ed, Dushku says she decided to speak out to counter "deceptive" claims made by CBS, Bull star Michael... More »

CBS to Les Moonves: No $120M for You

The company's board denies him huge severance package

(Newser) - That $120 million? Don't bank on it, Les. CBS says an internal sexual-misconduct probe has tanked any hope of ex-CEO Les Moonves getting his ginormous severance, CNBC reports. "We have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance ... as well as... More »

CBS Paid $9.5M Sex Harassment Settlement to Eliza Dushku

Actress reported harassing comments from 'Bull' star Michael Weatherly

(Newser) - An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Leslie Moonves, as well as "cultural issues at all levels of CBS," revealed that the company paid $9.5 million to actress Eliza Dushku to settle harassment claims on the set of Bull. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 37, had... More »

One Part of Charlie Rose Lawsuit 'Resolved'

CBS News has settled, but the part of complaint that names Rose himself is still active

(Newser) - Dozens of women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct stretching back decades; there's now a bit of legal closure for a handful of them. A suit in New York state alleging the 76-year-old engaged in "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" of three former junior colleagues has been... More »

Report: CBS Boss Had Worker 'On Call' for Oral Sex

Lawyers say Moonves was 'evasive and untruthful'

(Newser) - Former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves engaged in widespread sexual misconduct in the workplace, according to a report from lawyers the network hired to investigate allegations. Investigators were told by multiple CBS employees that Moonves kept a woman on the payroll "on call to perform oral sex,"... More »

4 of Top 5 Highest-Paid TV Actors Hail From One Show

'Big Bang Theory' actors are bringing home nice bank

(Newser) - Talk about going out with a bang. Forbes has put out its list of the highest-paid actors on TV, and four of the top five are from one hit show: The Big Bang Theory on CBS, with lead Jim Parsons banking a comfortable $26.5 million a year—not only... More »

Julie Chen Backs Hubby Moonves With Single Word

'I'm Julie Chen Moonves,' host said in CBS return

(Newser) - There was no time for Julie Chen to address the ousting of her husband , CBS chairman Leslie Moonves, in the latest episode of Big Brother on Thursday, but she did offer a clear show of support. "From outside the Big Brother house, I'm Julie Chen Moonves," the... More »

CBS Reporter Reveals Text That Got Fager Fired

'There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me,' he warned her

(Newser) - Jeff Fager complained Wednesday that CBS fired him after 36 years because of a single text message . The 60 Minutes executive producer didn't mention that the message warned a CBS reporter that she could lose her job for reporting on the sexual harassment allegations against him. "If you... More »

Another Head Rolls at CBS

'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager is out amid harassment allegations

(Newser) - Another CBS bigwig is out following the bombshell New Yorker article that led to Les Moonves' departure from the network. Jeff Fager, longtime executive producer of 60 Minutes, was also named in the article , with women accusing him of allowing a culture of harassment in his division as well as... More »

CBS Hitmaker: Moonves Had 7-Year Vendetta Against Me

Linda Bloodworth Thomason says she's 'happy to dance on his professional grave'

(Newser) - The creator of Designing Women and Evening Shade, described by the Hollywood Reporter as one of CBS' biggest hitmakers, has written a powerful piece for the Reporter taking disgraced former CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves to task. But, as the headline of Linda Bloodworth Thomason's piece notes, "... More »

Moonves May Get $100M Payout From CBS

But it depends on the results of sexual harassment investigation

(Newser) - Les Moonves is departing CBS as sexual harassment allegations continue to pile up—but he won't exactly be leaving empty-handed. The New York Times , citing "sources familiar with the settlement agreement," reports that the longtime chief executive could receive more than $120 million under his agreement with... More »

A Somber Colbert Does Not Have His Boss' Back

Amid Leslie Moonves scandal, host says accountability must apply to everyone

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert returned from vacation Monday and addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against his boss, CBS exec Leslie Moonves. In this video clip , Colbert says he doesn't know what the fallout will be, because "in a situation like this, I'd normally call Les," per Deadline . In... More »

Moonves Remains in Place at CBS, at Least for Now

Network is hiring outside counsel to conduct sexual misconduct probe

(Newser) - CBS will keep CEO Les Moonves in place during an investigation of sexual misconduct charges against him, the company said. It will hire an outside counsel to conduct the probe, the AP reports. On Friday a New Yorker article quoted six women who accused Moonves of sexual misconduct over a... More »

After Bombshell Allegations, Moonves' Wife Defends Him

Julie Chen says CBS exec is 'kind, decent and moral'

(Newser) - Leslie Moonves has at least one high-profile defender in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the CBS head honcho. It's his wife, Julie Chen, reports People . “I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late ’90s, and I have been married to him for... More »

Six Feet Under Star Among Those Accusing CBS' Moonves

Total of 6 women allege sexual misconduct against CEO in 'New Yorker' story

(Newser) - It's out. The expected exposé from the New Yorker about CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has landed, and it could be big trouble for the Hollywood giant. In the lengthy story by Ronan Farrow, six women accuse the 68-year-old of sexual misconduct that stretches from the 1980s to more recent... More »

Jane the Virgin Star Has Unusual Use for Her Emmy Cash

Gina Rodriguez sets up scholarship for student's 4 years at Princeton

(Newser) - Right now, Gina Rodriguez could be spending the money doled out to her by CBS Television Studios to promote her Emmy run. But the Jane the Virgin star decided to use the cash for something else instead: setting up a college scholarship for an undocumented Latinx immigrant. Today and the... More »

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