Exclusive: “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern, subject of #MeToo complaints, is out

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Getty/Frederick M. Brown

Murmurs of career second acts for high profile abusers exposed by #MeToo reporting — men like Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Mario Batali and Louis C.K. — have been circulating of late. Such is the way of the entertainment industry, a business that loves a comeback story especially if there’s money to be made on it.

We hear about these men because they are household names, thereby making it all but impossible for any career moves they make to go unnoticed. Responses to any purported attempts to direct a second wind into their sails run from vehement disgust to fatigued eye-rolling. But as much as advocates for the #MeToo movement may take heart in knowing these felled stars remain benched, well-positioned men behind the scenes continue to do damage.

One such example is Brad Kern, who has been the showrunner on the CBS hit “NCIS: New Orleans” since January 2016.

Kern provides a case study in the limitations of Time’s Up and #MeToo, and one of the few to survive a damning and deeply sourced Variety report on his abusive behavior published in December 2017.

Kern was the subject of two separate HR investigations at CBS within a year of him taking the reins on “NCIS: NOLA.” Included in the allegations are reports that Kern sexually harassed and discriminated against his female employees, targeting working mothers in particular, in …read more

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