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CBS chief was obsessed with ruining Janet Jackson’s career after Super Bowl incident: report

Les Moonves, the chairman and CEO of CBS, reportedly sought to undercut Janet Jackson’s career after the star’s infamous wardrobe malfunction during the network’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. 

According to a report published by HuffPost on Thursday, Moonves targeted Jackson because he felt she wasn’t apologetic enough after her breast was exposed during the performance when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of fabric from her costume. 

CBS and MTV, which produced the program, faced a wave of backlash following the incident, which both Jackson and Timberlake called an accident, in addition to a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine.

{mosads}Following the incident, Moonves reportedly banned the two performers from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on the network a week later. Timberlake, however, was able to perform after he allegedly offered a tearful apology for the incident, according to various sources HuffPost spoke with who were familiar with the matter.

Moonves was allegedly furious that Jackson did not offer a similar apology and ordered properties at Viacom, which was the parent company of CBS at the time, to stop playing the singer’s music.

The move reportedly dealt significant damage to the singer’s career and heavily impacted the sales of her album “Damita Jo,” which was released a month after the Super Bowl. 

The CBS chief was also allegedly upset when he found out Simon & Schuster, which is also owned by Viacom, had signed the singer to a book deal for “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself.”

“How the f— did she slip through?” Moonves allegedly asked. Another source told the publication Moonves said heads would roll as a result. 

CBS did not return the publication’s request for comment. 

Moonves is reportedly in talks with the CBS board to negotiate his exit following sexual assault allegations.

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