CBS CEO Moonves negotiating exit with board

CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves was incensed at Janet Jackson after the singer's infamous wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl

CBS CEO Moonves negotiating exit with board

And 14 years later, we find out CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves - Who's in charge of the Super Bowl - was on a warpath to ruin Jackson's career ever since.

The incident, which happened during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl, saw Jackson's co-star Justin Timberlake rip away a part of Jackson's costume intending to reveal the red lingerie underneath. Moonves was enraged by it and developed a "fixation" on the singer. According to HuffPo, Moonves was convinced the malfunction was not an accident as Jackson and Timberlake maintained, but an intentional effort to spark controversy.

Timberlake finally got a reprieve when he offered a tearful apology, but according to HuffPo, Jackson was not - in Moonves estimation - properly contrite.

They added that "the move had a huge impact on sales of Jackson's album Damita Jo, which was released in March 2004, just a month after the Super Bowl".

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

The Huffington Post's Yashar Ali describes Moonves as "obsessed" with damaging Jackson's career after interpreting the wardrobe malfunction to be a publicity stunt.

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Seven years after the 2004 incident, Moonves told several sources he was furious when he found out Jackson had signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for her book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself.

"How the f-k did she slip through?" a furious Moonves asked, according to a source. Moonves said in a statement following the incident that CBS was "angry and embarrassed" by the malfunction.

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

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