A CBS executive has been placed on leave after allegations surfaced that he used sexual and homophobic language in the workplace. CNN reports that Vincent “Vinnie” Favale, the senior vice president of talent for CBS Television Studios, was put on leave after multiple individuals made allegations about him.
The report quotes a female former CBS executive telling CNN of Favale: “I’ll never forget the day he told me he got four erections while watching Jennifer Hudson rehearse.”
“Favale allegedly made the comment about Hudson as he watched the Oscar-winning performer rehearse ahead of a December 2015 appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,'” CNN reports. “Two other CBS employees, one former and one current, told CNN they heard Favale say the vulgar remark. Others told CNN they learned about it from co-workers later that day. Of the five sources CNN spoke to about the incident, two said Favale allegedly made the remark in the presence of a CBS standards and practices representative.”
Nine current and former CBS employees, including men and women, reportedly agreed to be interviewed by CNN for the story. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing non-disclosure agreements and concern about possible professional retribution.
Following a request by CNN for a comment from CBS, a spokesperson for CBS reportedly said Favale was placed on administrative leave today.
“Favale denies allegations of retaliation and said his comments were taken out of context,” CNN notes.
CNN adds: “In his current role, Favale develops programming around talent and advises on comedy bookings for the network. He started his career with CBS in 1996 and served as a senior programming executive for ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ and ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ through 2017. He appeared on the program in comedic bits several times during Letterman’s tenure.”