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Les Moonves Is Officially Out At CBS

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After new allegations surfaced Sunday morning from the New Yorker, and as CBS Chairman Les Moonves was negotiating his exit from the network, comes news that Moonves has been ousted by the CBS corporation, and departs immediately from his position.

In his place, the company has named as interim CEO, Joseph Ianniello, the company’s chief operating officer.  Ianniello will be on board while the board of directors conducts a search for a permanent replacement.  In addition, Moonves and the company are donating $20 million each to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement.

Other terms of his exit have noted that Moonves will not receive any severance benefits other than what the company describes as “certain fully accrued and vested compensation and benefits.”  As to any future payoff to Moonves that will depend on how the investigations turn out into the numerous claims against Moonves, which he has denied.

Following the news of Moonves’ removal from office, Time’s Up said in a statement Sunday, “Six more women have made bone-chilling allegations of abuse, harassment and retaliation against Les Moonves.  We believe them. These new allegations are in addition to the previous six women who have already bravely spoken out and detailed horrific behavior from Moonves. Nineteen current and former CBS employees have also alleged that former CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager condoned sexual harassment in his division.  These allegations speak to a culture of toxic complicity at CBS, where the safety of women was continuously ignored to protect the careers of powerful men and the corporation.  The CBS Board of Directors has an obligation to move swiftly and decisively to create a safe work environment for all and rid the company of this toxic culture.”

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Moonves issued a response to the New Yorker who broke the news of six new accusations, expressing: “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women.  In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations.”

At the time that the original first six accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct had surfaced, Moonves had issues this statement: “Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our Company. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution.”

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In his career, in which Moonves started as an actor to eventually becoming one of the powerhouses of the entertainment industry, the former chairman has made billions making him one of the highest paid executives.  As daytime fans know, Les is married to The Talk and Big Brother host, Julie Chen.

So, what do you think about the ousting of Les Moonves? These new accusations against him?  Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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Lew S.
Lew S.

Will Julie Chen leave the Talk and Network as well??

Timmm
Timmm

No.

su000
su000

unbelievable!
12 woman, 12 !
and not had the pride to standup to him, not one until now with the me2 to use as a crutch.

I would never ever allow any man to sexually harass me.
I would get physical with him, a hard slap and a talking too. informing him I will take him down physically, put some hurt on him if he ever looked at me sexually, and in court.
I would then inform him-
IF he then tried to fire me I’d take it all the way..
1st question– why would I risk a man coming back on me physically for slapping him and why would I slap my boss unless he was being sexual with me.

12 women and not stood up to him, sigh.
Women, not all, need to find their self-respect and backbone.

deal legally with a job loss, make him suffer under oath.
Just the telling him what would be in his future would be enough to make him weigh his options.

Timmm
Timmm

su000, THAT is my only problem with these 12 women. This is not the 19th century! Why not speak up? So, one woman said she feared if she spoke up against Les her career would end. So freakin what! Go be an accountant! So your job as an actress is more important than your body being violated? Come on! I smell Hollywood politics!

GramS
GramS

If you have not experienced this type of harassment you have no business shaming the women. Have you heard of safety in numbers? Do you think it’s easy to come forward? It’s people like both of you that stop women from talking. The “I would never” statements make me laugh.

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt SHAM anyone! This is MY opinion! And who are you referring to as “Both?” I am ENCOURAGING women to speak! If someone screwed with me I would cut their nuts off! Get it GRAM!

su000
su000

I have encountered sexual harassment..
One man – I broke his nose
Second man- I slammed a door, hard, on him and called the police..
As I said– I do not allow any man to mistreat me.
women need to stand up to theses sexual bullies. They are bullies..
12 women and not one stood up to him, sigh..

Momo
Momo

This will give The Talk something to talk about! 😉

He should not get a large payout since he did wrong.

rebecca1
rebecca1

The man has billions; he needs more money like the ocean needs water.

Satan
Satan

Well this may not be good for CBS…. but it’s damn good for America!

See ya when ya get down here, Les!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Isn’t it wayyyyy past time?

jaybird369
jaybird369

GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!

Mary SFIM
Mary SFIM

Sex and power have been connected throughout history. When a man has that much power they must think they are entitled to have sex with whoever they want, when they want, or else their egos are so inflated they believe everyone wants to have sex with them so they don’t have to ask, they assume consent. In this case I think it is the last one– by the accounts I read I think he believed these woman wanted it and it never occurred to him they were either hating it, felt force, or gave in because of fear–I think he feels genuinely confused right now,now that the reality of truth is hitting him in the face. I am glad corporations no longer “protect” these men, or find it cute– like the 50’s sitcoms that showed bosses who chased their pretty young secretaries around the desk in hopes of getting a kiss. I don’t know if we will ever truly be free of this kind of behavior in places where power exists- but it is encouraging to know, victims have more hope of being believed and those who commit these acts will be held accountable. Change is possible.

lieueitak
lieueitak

It’s unfortunate that it took 12 brave women speaking out for any meaningful action to be taken against Les Moonves. I am grateful to each survivor who found the courage to discuss their experiences even when they knew others would judge them for what happened. Moonves being fired is a baby step in the right direction.

GramS
GramS

I absolutely agree with you. It sickens me however that there are still those who choose to blame the victims with the if it was me comments and why did they wait so long comments.

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Lee Phillip Bell, Legendary Co-Creator Of Y&R and B&B, Passes Away

The entire soap world and daytime community is saddened today with the news of the passing of a true icon and TV pioneer, Lee Phillip Bell.

According to her children, William James Bell, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) and Lauralee Bell Martin (Christine, Y&R), Lee passed away on February 25th at the age of 91.

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They shared: “Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother.  Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously.”

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1928, Bell was co-creator, along with her late husband William J. Bell, of two of daytime television’s most successful dramas: The Young and the Restless (Y&R), and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B).

Bell’s career as a broadcast journalist began in Chicago, where she hosted and produced her own show, The Lee Phillip Show, for CBS TV for over 30 years. A pioneer in the evolution of the afternoon talk show format, Bell was a trailblazer in the exploration of timely social issues and concerns.  Additionally she produced and narrated numerous award-winning specials and documentaries covering social concerns such as foster children, the subject of rape, children and divorce, and babies born to women in prison, to name a few.. Bell interviewed heads of state such as Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan; film actors Judy Garland, Clint Eastwood and Jerry Lewis; musicians such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles; television and stage stars such as Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and Oprah Winfrey; and many other politicians, authors, journalists, fashion designers and rock stars.

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She was awarded 16 regional (Chicago) Emmy awards and numerous Golden Mike awards. Bell is also the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Award for the special The Rape of Paulette, the first program in Chicago to explore the issue.  In 1977, she was the first woman to receive the coveted Governors Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  In 1980, she was named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago and the “Outstanding Woman in Communications” by the Chicago YMCA.  She also received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award for her distinguished career in communications and social service. Bell won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series as co-creator of The Young and the Restless in 1975 and was recipient of the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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In addition to her children, Lee Phillip Bell is survived by her daughters-in-law Maria Arena Bell and Ambassador Colleen Bell, her son-in-law Scott Martin and eight grandchildren.

Since the news of Lee’s death, many stars from daytime have been sharing their remembrances and condolences of this great woman and what she meant to them.  We will share more on this story later today.

For now, share your condolences for the Bell family and your thoughts on the passing of this icon, Lee Phillip Bell in the comment section below.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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NATAS Launches New Streaming Service App As Destination To Watch Daytime Emmys and More

Looks like the place to view the Daytime Emmy ceremonies continue to change, and now evolve with the times, with news on Wednesday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

While the annual kudofest used to be on major network television, the last several years have found the Emmys not having a broadcast outlet and having to be creative.  As fans of the daytime community know, most recently that show has been able to seen on You Tube, Twitter, and the like, via social media.

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Now comes word that NATAS has launched its very own streaming service app to be the epicenter for all of its award shows.  According to Variety: “The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.”

With the introduction of the new OTT app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp shared that viewers will know where to go instead of  how it went down in the recent previous years.“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

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NATAS is reportedly building out the OTT app  be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.   The new app is said to be free, at least for now, and without commercials.

One more important note is that Sharp says to be on the lookout for more content to enhance the Emmy and award show experiences delivered from NATAS that will include: past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives,.

In addition to that, looks like there will be some original short form content as well; including its first one “Behind the Emmy” that will combine backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

So, what do you think about the upcoming launch of NATAS’ new app and the place to watch this year’s Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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