A veteran CBS executive is reportedly exiting the network after becoming the focus of controversy. Variety reports that Peter Golden, the network’s longtime head of casting, is leaving his position.
“The move follows complaints to human resources about Golden’s behavior made by members of the CBS casting department,” Variety reports. “It also comes just months after Golden’s name surfaced in reporting on sexual-misconduct allegations against ousted CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, and fewer than two weeks after a former CBS executive wrote in Variety that Golden discouraged the casting of minority actors in CBS television shows.”
Variety notes that to its knowledge, “none of the complaints made against Golden are related to sexual misconduct.”
The report adds: “Sources tell Variety that in one HR complaint, Golden was alleged to have complained to another member of the casting department that casting had become too thorny a process, and that he wished it could be as simple as it was when CBS cast ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and the network did not have to worry about ‘other issues.’”
Golden, who joined CBS as a casting executive in 1996, is also alleged to have asked a casting staffer whether an actor was “too gay” to appear on the network.
“In addition, according to sources, he has been accused of verbally abusing staffers,” Variety reports, adding: “A CBS spokesperson confirmed that Golden is leaving his position as head of casting, but declined to comment on the complaints to human resources.”