The showrunner on the hit CBS drama series “NCIS: New Orleans” has been shown the door after more than two years on the job. Salon reports that Brad Kern, who has been the showrunner since January 2016, was removed from the position following #MeToo complaints and investigations.
“Kern was the subject of two separate HR investigations at CBS within a year of him taking the reins on ‘NCIS: NOLA,'” Salon reports. “Included in the allegations are reports that Kern sexually harassed and discriminated against his female employees, targeting working mothers in particular, in addition to making racist comments.”
The report suggests that the show’s ratings success may have helped keep Kern in his job, noting that Kern “was able to finish the 2017-2018 season as its showrunner, even after the report emerged.”
The report cites an unnamed industry source saying the new showrunner for the 2018-19 season will be executive producer Chris Silber.
Salon’s source at CBS says Kern will “still be involved with the show,” with Salon reporting that he will stay on as a consultant.