Second ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Exec Producer Fired After HR Complaint

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“NCIS: New Orleans” executive producer Adam Targum has been fired following an HR complaint and investigation, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

According to Vulture, the complaint was made earlier this month, with Targum being fired Jan. 25. Sources told Vulture the former EP — who was second in command for showrunner Christopher Silber — is known for bullying on set and the HR department was informed that several members of the writing staff had problems with Targum.

CBS declined TheWrap’s request for comment on the nature of the complaint and who made it.

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Targum’s exit from the show follows that of former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern last October, following a third misconduct investigation.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” a representative for the studio said in a statement at the time.

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‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Producer Brad Kern Fired By CBS After Investigation

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CBS Television Studios has fired former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern following a third misconduct investigation, the studio said Tuesday.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” a representative for the studio said in a statement.

Kern had twice previously been investigated internally at the studio, but for the third investigation, spurred by further reports of harassment and verbally abusive behavior toward women, CBS brought in outside counsel.

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The new investigation came shortly after CBS Studios signed a new two-year deal with the producer and chose to keep him on board as a consulting producer on the procedural despite replacing him as showrunner.

Earlier this summer, CBS Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl said he had confidence the investigation would “get to the truth” of the matter.

“CBS Studios investigated Brad Kern in 2016,” Kahl said at the time. “Action was taken after that investigation and, you know, there have been no complaints since. I’m troubled and frustrated that reports continue to come out in the press.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Kern’s dismissal.

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CBS Entertainment Boss on New Brad Kern Investigation: ‘I Believe They Will Get to the Truth’

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CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl addressed the state of the studio’s most recent misconduct investigation into former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern, during his executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour Sunday.

“CBS Studios investigated Brad Kern in 2016,” Kahl told reporters. “Action was taken after that investigation and, you know, there have been no complaints since. I’m troubled and frustrated that reports continue to come out in the press. And because of that we’ve opened up another investigation with outside counsel. The goal of any investigation, internal or external, is to get to the truth, and I believe they will get to truth.”

Kern’s investigation wasn’t the only one Kahl fielded questions about this morning, following the accusations of sexual misconduct posed against CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves by six women in a New Yorker story last month.

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“Leslie has been an excellent boss and mentor for a long time. And he put me in this job,” said Kahl. But he noted that “all allegations need to be and are being taken seriously.”

Kahl added that women in the upper ranks of the company have approached him “dismayed” by the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves, telling him, “this does not represent their experience at CBS.” 

In June, a CBS TV Studios rep told TheWrap Kern was under investigation for the third time at the studio, this time by outside counsel.

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“The 2016 allegations concerning Mr. Kern were acted upon immediately with a thorough investigation and subsequent disciplinary action to address behavior and management issues,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement at the time.

“We have received no further complaints since this action was implemented,” the statement continued. “In addition, Mr. Kern agreed to step down from his leadership position as showrunner this season and transition to a consulting producer role. We now believe this matter merits further inquiry and therefore we have engaged outside counsel to review both the original investigation as well as the current situation.”

The new investigation comes as CBS Studios recently signed a new two-year deal with Kern, who will remain in a consulting role on “NCIS: New Orleans,” even after he was replaced as showrunner by Chris Silber in May.

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“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year when the accusations against Kern first surfaced. “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.”

The studio’s investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his co-workers — however, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

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Ex-‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner Brad Kern Faces Third Misconduct Investigation

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Former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern is under investigation for the third time, a CBS TV Studios rep told TheWrap.

Kern has already been investigated internally at the studio twice, but this time, outside counsel has been hired to run the investigation.

“The 2016 allegations concerning Mr. Kern were acted upon immediately with a thorough investigation and subsequent disciplinary action to address behavior and management issues,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement Friday.

“We have received no further complaints since this action was implemented,” the statement continued. “In addition, Mr. Kern agreed to step down from his leadership position as showrunner this season and transition to a consulting producer role. We now believe this matter merits further inquiry and therefore we have engaged outside counsel to review both the original investigation as well as the current situation.”

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The new investigation comes as CBS Studios recently signed a new two-year deal with Kern, who will remain in a consulting role on “NCIS: New Orleans” even after he was replaced as showrunner by Chris Silber last month. A rep for Kern did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year when the accusations against Kern first surfaced. “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.”

The studio’s investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his co-workers — however, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of Kern’s third investigation and new two-year deal.

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Brad Kern Out as ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Showrunner After Misconduct Investigations

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Brad Kern has stepped down as showrunner for CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” following a pair of misconduct investigations conducted at the series’ studio. Kern had been accused of contributing to a hostile work environment.

Kern, who stays aboard as a consultant, will be replaced as the top executive producer by Chris Silber, who has been on the procedural since 2015.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement last year. “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.”

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The investigation found that Kern had made “insensitive” and “offensive” comments to his coworkers. However, CBS concluded that there was no evidence of retaliation, harassment, discrimination or gender bias.

CBS mandated sensitivity training for Kern, and assured his staff that “appropriate” action had been taken to address the issues.

This time around, CBS Television Studios declined comment when reached by TheWrap.

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