CBS fires top showrunner after investigation into toxic work environment: reports

CBS announced Tuesday that showrunner Peter Lenkov had been fired after an investigation into claims that he promoted a toxic work environment.

The Hollywood Reporter and Vanity Fair reported that Lenkov would cease working for two shows at the network, “Magnum P.I.” and “MacGyver,” and would end an overall deal with CBS Television Studios that had a year left on the contract.

"Peter Lenkov is no longer the executive producer overseeing MacGyver and Magnum P.I., and the studio has ended its relationship with him," a CBS spokesperson told the news outlets.


"Our studio is committed to ensuring safe and respectful production environments," the spokesperson continued, adding: "We will continue to evolve our practices with continued focus on building trust with all who work on our sets. Every complaint is taken seriously, every claim is investigated, and when evidence is clear that policies were violated and values not upheld, we take decisive action.”

THR reported that Lenkov's ouster was based on three complaints alleging that he fostered a toxic atmosphere both at his previous hit show, "Hawaii Five-O," and on the set of "MacGyver," and was accused of favoring male employees with a "boys club" mentality.

One inside source told THR that Lenkov's discriminatory practices led to racist treatment of staff, as well as abuses of an employee with a disability.

"He isn't racist or sexist or classist singularly — it's all of it," the source told THR. "He's anti-woman, anti-POC, anti-gay and everything you'd expect. But he'd also torture straight, white men if he felt like it."

Lenkov responded in a statement to THR, stating that he accepted responsibility for his actions while noting the allegations were "difficult" to hear.

"Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I accept responsibility for what I am hearing and am committed to doing the work that is required to do better and be better," he said.