CBS CEO Made It A Mission To Ruin Janet Jackson’s Career

Yolanda Curtis
September 10, 2018

In a scathing account, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity painted Moonves as a nasty businessman bent on inflicting revenge on Jackson after her breast was exposed during a Superbowl act with Justin Timberlake, the HuffPost reports.

The CBS CEO is reportedly one to hold grudges - often for years.

Moonves banned Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on CBS the week after the Super Bowl.

CBS chief executive Les Moonves was reportedly so enraged by Janet Jackson's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction that he tried to destroy her career.

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CBS boss Les Moonves was "furious" about that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction but only wanted to ruin Jackson's career, it's been reported.

CBS and the halftime show's producer, MTV, which were both under the parent company Viacom at the time, faced criticism and a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission. But Timberlake was allowed to perform at the ceremony after he "tearfully apologized" to Moonves, according to sources.

"Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson's songs and music videos", the article alleges.

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.

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An unnamed source at CBS told the Huffington Post that Moonves said "How the fuck did she slip through?" when he learned about the deal.

Seven years later, when Moonves got to know Jackson had somehow penned a deal with Simon & Schuster (which is owned by Viacom) for her book "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself", all hell broke loose.

However, the CBS chief exec found Jackson to be insufficiently contrite and left her in the cold, sources at CBS told the HuffPo. Timberlake's career, meanwhile, thrived.

Moonves is on his way out at CBS following allegations of sexual harassment. It also comes a month after he New Yorker published a story in which six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct.

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