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Showbiz has been rocked in the latter half of 2017 with accusations of misconduct and harassment on the sets of movies and television shows alike. The result has been the ousting of a number of high-profile folks in the entertainment biz, ranging from big-name stars to showrunners. Now, we know that there have been some issues behind the scenes at CBS' NCIS: New Orleans, as showrunner Brad Kern has been investigated by Human Resources on two separate occasions for misconduct, and all eyes may now be on them.
The two investigations into Kern stemmed from complaints by co-workers on set of a hostile work environment. After the second investigation was concluded, Kern reportedly was told to undergo six months of sensitivity training and counseling, which Deadline reports that he completed back in February. No further official complaints have been filed against him, but it's no surprise that news of the first two instances broke in the wake of all the other misconduct allegations in the showbiz sphere lately.
In a recent statement, CBS says that they took the allegations against Brad Kern very seriously when they first came to light in 2016 and the complaints were acted upon right away. That said, CBS also stated that they were not able to corroborate all of the allegations leveled at Kern, but the folks at the network deliberately took the steps to address the management style that clearly upset other employees. Kern has a reputation for occasionally abrasive behavior on his projects, and his actions may have led to at least one member of his staff choosing to leave.
The NCIS franchise is a big deal for CBS, with three different shows going pretty strong in primetime. Original recipe NCIS seems the be the show that just keeps on going even despite major shakeups, and NCIS: Los Angeles recently celebrated the milestone of airing its 200th episode. New Orleans is the youngest of the three series, but it has carved out a niche for itself in the CBS lineup. We can only wait and see if more issues surrounding Bran Kern at NCIS: New Orleans arise moving forward.
The Season 4 midseason finale of NCIS: New Orleans has already aired, and the show will be off the air for a few weeks. Luckily, you don't have to wait too long into the new year for the show to be back. The NCIS: New Orleans midseason premiere will air on Tuesday, January 2 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.