Report CBS CEO in exit talks amid sexual misconduct probe

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When special guest, Justin Timberlake, 37, ripped off a part of her costume at the end of the set, her bare right boob was exposed on live TV, causing a national uproar.

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

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

CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves aggressively tried to damage Janet Jackson's career after the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" at the Superbowl. CBS and MTV (a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of CBS at the time), produced the show and were blasted for the malfunction and fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission.

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.

Jackson, he perceived, was not "sufficiently repentant", and he insisted that all Viacom properties (including MTV, VH1 and countless radio stations) stop playing her music. Fans of Jackson who think Timberlake still owes Jackson an apology called for a #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay on Twitter to protest his performance and celebrate her musical career. Sources told Ali that Timberlake "tearfully apologized for the incident", an act of contrition that put the singer back on Moonves' good side. Moonves allegedly asked. Another source told the publication Moonves said heads would roll as a result.

In fact, even years later, Moonves was reportedly enraged when Jackson got a book deal, telling a source who spoke to HuffPo, "How the fuck did she slip through?"

Moonves is now reportedly negotiating his exit from CBS in the wake of the #MeToo accusations against him.

Seven years later, when Moonves got to know Jackson had somehow penned a deal with Simon & Schuster (which is owned by Viacom) for her book "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself", all hell broke loose. Six women accused Moonves of sexual advances such as unwanted kissing and touching, the New Yorker reported in August.

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