Did Les Moonves sabotage Janet Jackson's career? CBS chief held grudges after Super Bowl malfunction: Report
Apparently, the CBS boss, who might himself be exiting the network following multiple sexual-misconduct allegations, held a grudge against Jackson for the longest time.
Back in 2004, pop icon Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake had made it to the headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. What was supposed to be a mere stage stunt, as per reports, with Timberlake just stripping off the leather on Jackson's bustier turned into a full-fledged controversy as the NSYNC singer mistakenly ripped off a portion of her clothing, revealing the 'Rhythm Nation' singer's breast for a split second to the millions of Super Bowl audience.
The action cost CBS and MTV (a Viacom subsidiary), who were responsible for the halftime show, heavily; both in terms of cash and the garnered criticism. A whopping amount of $550,000 had to be paid to the Federal Communications Commission as a fine. Over a decade since the infamous incident, the repercussion is still fresh, especially for Jackson, according to a new report by Huffington Post.
Quoting sources with knowledge of the inside affairs, the website claims that the incident made Jackson the target of Les Moonves, the CEO, and chairman of CBS, wrath. Apparently, the CBS boss, who might himself be exiting the network following multiple sexual-misconduct allegations, held a grudge against Jackson for the longest time.
His fixation on derailing the 'Together Again' singer's career turned so bad that he reportedly asked VH1, MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations to stop playing Jackson’s songs and music videos. Moonves, as it turns out, was convinced that the wardrobe malfunction was actually a publicity stunt that caused him a great deal of embarrassment. While the feelings against Timberlake changed after his tearful apology, the same can't be said for Jackson, who continued to remain one of Moonves no. 1 target.
The report further suggests that following the internal spat, Jackson's career suffered a major blow - her album sales were down - and even after years when the songstress tried to sign a book deal with Viacom-owned Simon & Schuster, Moonves tried to intervene.
He allegedly said, “How the f**k did she slip through?” as per a source quoted by the website.
The report comes in the light of the recent developments at the CBS quarter over the ousting of Moonves, who faces several allegations of unwanted sexual advances. At least six women had come forward with their accounts of sexual assault at the hands of the CBS chief, spanning across two decades, in a expose published by the New Yorker back in July.
Since the report, investigations have been carried out and even picked up the pace in the recent time as discussions are now pertaining to a replacement. If things go as per plans, Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianniello will be taking over Moonves' position, as per reports.