Les Moonves Tried to Blacklist Janet Jackson After Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction

10 September, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Donna Miller
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According to the HuffPo, the whole thing was over that unfortunate moment when Justin Timberlake tore a piece of fabric from Jackson's costume exposing a bit too much to a worldwide audience in 2004.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS CEO Les...

Moonves banned Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on CBS the week after the Super Bowl.

The CBS chief executive, according to sources who spoke to me, was furious that Jackson didn't make a similarly contrite apology to him.

Janet Jackson's Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" made CBS chief Les Moonves so irate he allegedly became intent on destroying her career for the embarrassment it caused him.

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What followed was a series of intentional moves to block the promotion of Jackson's work on Viacom-owned properties including MTV, VH1 and the company's radio stations - moves that ultimately had an effect on the sales of Jackson's Damita Jo, which she released a month after the Super Bowl controversy took place. But Timberlake was allowed to perform at the ceremony after he "tearfully apologized" to Moonves, according to sources.

An unnamed source at CBS told the Huffington Post that Moonves said "How the fuck did she slip through?" when he learned about the deal. "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", he writes.

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. And sources also claim that Moonves was still angry when, seven years after the Super Bowl, Jackson signed a book deal with the Viacom-owned Simon & Schuster.

The report adds that Moonves used his connections in the industry to allegedly block any forward progress after forgiving Timberlake after his tearful apology but not getting the same in return from Jackson.

Moonves was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment over the course of his career in a recent New Yorker article.

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