The former showrunner of the CBS police procedural “NCIS: New Orleans” was fired by CBS Television Studios and his overall deal with the studio was terminated. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the studio severed ties with Brad Kern following a series of investigations into alleged harassment and other allegations.
“After being appointed the drama’s showrunner in early 2016, Kern was the subject of two human resources investigations,” THR reports. “In a December story, multiple ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ sources said they told CBS HR that Kern harassed and unfairly penalized women, repeatedly bullied a nursing mother and made racially insensitive statements, among other allegations.”
A spokesperson for CBS Television Studios provided a statement to THR saying: “We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio.” Kern’s termination was reportedly effective Monday.
“CBS TV Studios signed Kern to a new two-year deal in the spring, but not long after that, he was demoted from showrunner to consulting producer,” THR notes. “In June, he was suspended. That month, THR broke the news that an outside counsel had begun a third investigation into allegations of harassment, unprofessional conduct and vindictive behavior by Kern.”