The #MeToo movement has reached the set of NCIS: New Orleans, as allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination have mounted against showrunner Brad Kern.
Kern, who joined the CBS procedural in January of 2016, stands accused of making inappropriate remarks about female employees — especially mothers. He also is alleged to have mocked African-Americans and supposedly removed one actress from the show because he found her “unf–kable.” The allegations are detailed in a lengthy Variety story, which can be found here.
Two complaints were reportedly filed with the network’s HR department. CBS released this statement in response to the allegations, which were also reported in Deadline: “We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously. Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”
Kern is a veteran TV writer, having worked on shows as varied as Remington Steele and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. to Charmed on the WB. Some of the allegations reported in the Variety story include his time on Charmed.
CBS declined to comment further. Attempts to reach Kern have been unsuccessful, though he declined to comment to Variety.
At 12.7 million, NCIS: New Orleans, which stars Scott Bakula, is one of the 10 most popular shows on CBS.