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NCIS: New Orleans boss suspended by CBS over sexual misconduct allegations

NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Brad Kern has been formally suspended by CBS while the network conducts an investigation into sexual misconduct claims.

TV Line reports that the show is conducting a third investigation into claims that Kern — one time Charmed producer — created “toxic, sexist and altogether hostile work environments”.

Kern has not been fired, but CBS has taken the decision to remove him from the workplace until they have finished their investigation.

“I believe in terms of keeping him out of the workplace during the investigation, that was to be as fair and open as we could be,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“The investigation is ongoing. I’m told we will have results soon.”

At the end of 2017, CBS confirmed that Kern had been the subject of an inquiry on two occasions.

The results were inconclusive.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS said at the time.

“Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action.”

“While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

Then in May, it was announced that Kern would be stepping down as showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans.

He instead took up an advisory role on the show while under investigation.

It seems CBS has changed its mind again and has now moved to suspend Kern for the time being.

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