The former executive producer of NCIS: New Orleans is no longer a part of the CBS team. The network just announced that it fired Brad Kern in light of serious allegations about his work on the show, including claims of sexual harassment and racism. The move comes several months after Kern stepped down as the series showrunner.
“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on NCIS: New Orleans and his overall deal with the studio,” the company announced this week.
The second story I did on Brad Kern, which revealed that, despite the two HR investigations and media coverage of "toxicity" in the workplace, bullying of a nursing mom & more, CBS gave him a new 2 year deal in spring of 2018 https://t.co/MaU4E7aoMn
— Mo Ryan (@moryan) October 2, 2018
Kern was working as a consulting producer prior to being fired. Reports of Kern’s questionable behavior surfaced in late 2017. The allegations, which included sexual harassment, racism, and gender discrimination, led to two investigations by the network’s human resources department.
According to Deadline, Kern was forced to undergo sensitivity training after the second investigation. He also attended counseling sessions for six months.
Kern has not commented on the firing or the allegations that have been levelled against him.
CBS hired Kern to head up NCIS: New Orleans in 2016. In December of that year, a few women came forward and accused him of harassment and unfair treatment. The women said that Kern bullied a mom for nursing her child at work and made a few racial comments.
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) October 3, 2018
Despite the allegations, the network signed Kern to a two-year contract in the spring of last year. Shortly after the promotion, Kern stepped down as the showrunner and started his work as a consultant.
Kern’s dismissal comes shortly after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves stepped down amid reports of sexual harassment. The network also lost Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes.
Several cast members of NCIS: New Orleans commented that Kern would still be employed if Moonves had not stepped down as CEO. We can only hope that the firings will put an end to an unpleasant era in CBS long history.