NCIS: New Orleans showrunner is out after harassment allegations

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

New Orleans executive producer Brad Kern, who was twice investigated by CBS' HR department for sexual harassment and discrimination against women - especially working mothers - and making racially charged comments, will not be returning as showrunner for Season 5, Salon reports, though he will reportedly still be involved in some capacity. For its story, Variety interviewed multiple former employees of the show - none of whom still work there - who characterized Kern as a "gender bully".

"We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously", CBS TV Studios said in a statement at the time. "Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action".

Kern was stated to have taken half in a six-month sensitivity coaching that he accomplished in February 2017, in response to The Hollywood Reporter. "Whereas we weren't capable of corroborate all the allegations, we took this motion to deal with habits and administration fashion, and have obtained no additional complaints since this was carried out". His credits before his 2015 arrival on the popular NCIS spinoff include The CW's Beauty and the Beast, the original Charmed and New York Undercover. Investigations into sexual harassment claims made against The Royals showrunner Mark Schwahn and Supergirl and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg led to their dismissals.

"New Orleans" is out as the series head after facing accusations of sexual harassment a year ago.

"It is gratifying to listen to that [Kern] will not be a showrunner at 'NCIS: NOLA, '" a so-called trade veteran instructed Salon. He also has worked on Human Target, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Hill Street Blues and Remington Steele, where his career began.

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