CBS Chief Les Moonves Was Reportedly Obsessed With Ruining Janet Jackson

CBS Chief Les Moonves Was Reportedly Obsessed With Ruining Janet Jackson

But what you probably don't know is that Les Moonves, the longtime CEO and chairman of CBS, spent years fixated on Jackson, doing whatever he could to ruin her career. The FCC fined Super Bowl broadcaster CBS $550,000 after the incident. Moonves was enraged by it and developed a "fixation" on the singer.

According to sources, Moonves didn't think it was a wardrobe malfunction but instead an intentional act to drum up controversy. According to Huff Post's sources, Timberlake was later allowed by Moonves after he apologized for the incident tearfully.

He went on to ban Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing a week after the Super Bowl.

HuffPost's Yashar Ali reports that Jackson's wardrobe malfunction - during which Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her shirt, exposing her breast for less than a second - angered Moonves beyond belief.

Moonves ordered MTV and VH1 (both Viacom properties) and all owned-radio stations to stop playing Jackson's songs and videos, as a result her newly released album at the time, suffered massively.

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Donald Miralle/GettyJanet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson's career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day.

Both the singers said the tear was unintentional but Moonves reportedly would not let it go - who thought the Jackson and Timberlake deliberately wanted to stir up controversy.

"How the fuck did she slip through?" he reportedly told one of the people who interviewed with HuffPost.

Moonves is reportedly in settlement talks to leave CBS, with the board offering around $100 million amid an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Years later, Moonves was allegedly furious when he found out Simon & Schuster-which, like CBS, is a subsidiary of Viacom-would be publishing a book by Jackson. "CBS insiders who spoke to me felt strongly that Moonves played a large part in how Jackson was perceived by the public".

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