CBS’ Les Moonves Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career Following Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

10 September, 2018, 03:41 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • CBS chief executive was reportedly fixated on “ruining” Janet Jackson’s career after Super Bowl

Embattled CBS chairman Les Moonves has found himself at the center of controversy yet again.

Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS Corp., is making moves to exit the entertainment giant, according to reports, which say the longtime executive is in negotiations with the board of directors over plans to leave the company. According to HuffPo, Moonves was convinced the malfunction was not an accident as Jackson and Timberlake maintained, but an intentional effort to spark controversy.

CBS declined to comment on HuffPost's report.

In his current position, Moonves oversees all operations of CBS Corp., including the CBS Television Network, the CW network, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Films, CBS Interactive, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. Timberlake, the man who ripped Jackson's shirt to begin with.

According to the Huffington Post, "multiple sources" have told stories about Moonves, who is now facing a series of sexual-misconduct accusations, tried his best to ruin Jackson, believing that she wasn't apologetic enough. Timberlake was eventually allowed to perform but only after a heartfelt apology (the Huffington Post described said apology as "tearful") to Moonves.

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Back in 2004, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's infamous Super Bowl halftime performance ended with what both entertainers claimed was an accidental boob flash due to a wardrobe malfunction.

"How the f-- did she slip through?"

While Timberlake seemed to come out unscathed after the ordeal and after issuing an apology, Jackson however suffered after the sales of her "Damita Jo" album the same year, tanked.

In fact, his tone about the book deal was so belligerent one source refused to speak on the record because he was "not interested in having that man following me to the grave and trying to screw me over the whole time". He reportedly told another source who spoke to the HuffPo on condition of anonymity that "heads were going to roll" but it is unclear if he ever took action on his alleged threats.

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