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NCIS: New Orleans - Showrunner Brad Kern Exits After Misconduct Investigations

Per The Hollywood Reporter Brad Kern has exited the CBS procedural, Executive Producer Chris Silber has been tapped to take over as showrunner on the upcoming 5th season.

Exec producer Chris Silber has been elevated to take over the Scott Bakula-led spinoff in its recently ordered fifth season. Kern will remain a consultant on the drama.

Please read Variety's full article by clicking on the link below, there are some revealing details shared there, only a portion is shared here.

Interviews with those who worked for “NCIS: New Orleans” — some of whom pre-dated Kern’s arrival, some of whom departed this year, all of whom no longer work for the show — paint a picture of what many called a “gender bully.” “He discriminates against women, against working mothers, against anyone he can’t control — especially women,” one source says.

Kern makes sexualized remarks about women, has given them massages without asking, and mocked a nursing mother in front of her colleagues. At one point, Kern launched into a “tirade” toward a woman who worked for him, telling her that she was “failing as a wife and mother.” Also, according to multiple sources, at times he spoke in an offensive voice meant to imitate African-American vernacular speech.

Brad Kern, executive producer/showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans, has been the subject of two Human Resources investigations by CBS TV Studios while working on the studio’s popular CBS crime procedural, sources said. Both were reportedly triggered by complaints from co-workers about a hostile work environment on the show.

I hear following the second investigation, Kern was assigned to and underwent six months of sensitivity training/counseling, which he completed in February. There have been no new official complaints filed against him since.

Known for his sometimes abrasive behavior that I hear has led to at least one staff departure.

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

Disciplinary actions are said to have included a six-month sensitive training, one that wrapped in February 2017 and marked an end to the any official complaints filed.

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