NCIS: New Orleans Showrunner Replaced After Sexual Harassment Accusations

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

Brad Kern has exited his role as showrunner on CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans", Variety has confirmed.

Brad Kern will no longer serve as executive producer or oversee the popular series although he will stay on in a consultant capacity.

Govt producer Chris Silber will exchange Kern as showrunner because the "NCIS" spinoff collection heads into its fifth season, Salon reported Thursday.

Salon was the first to report Kern's departure as showrunner.

In December, Variety reported that CBS twice looked into allegations "of sexual harassment, discrimination against women - particularly working mothers - and racially charged comments, among other issues".

In a statement to Variety a year ago, a CBS spokesperson said, "We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously".

Kern joined NCIS in 2015, after a successful career as a writer and executive producer for shows including The CW's Beauty and the Beast, Charmed and New York Undercover.

"It is gratifying to listen to that [Kern] will not be a showrunner at 'NCIS: NOLA, '" a so-called trade veteran instructed Salon. "Each complaints have been acted upon instantly with investigations and subsequent disciplinary motion".

The investigations reportedly resulted in sensitivity training for Kern that ended in February 2017, although Variety's December report cited unnamed sources as saying the mistreatment continued afterward. "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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