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CBS’ Les Moonves Sabotaged Janet Jackson’s Career Following Super Bowl Wardrobe Malfunction: Report

Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004

*Various sources say CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves was determined to ruin Janet Jackson following her “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl with Justin Timberlake, according to a new report.

In July, Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, and, according to various reports, he will soon depart CBS with a severance package of $100 million in stock.

Now, a new report from The Huffington Post claims he was obsessed with destroying the career of Ms. Janet following the 2004 Super Bowl, which aired on CBS and resulted in a $550,000 Federal Communications Commission fine.

According to CBS insiders, “Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson’s songs and music videos,” the article alleges. “The move had a huge impact on sales of her album “Damita Jo,” which was released in March 2004, just a month after the Super Bowl.”

Timberlake’s career, meanwhile, thrived.

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Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004

via The Huff Post:

Jackson and Timberlake both said the incident was truly a malfunction ― that Timberlake was only meant to rip away the leather on Jackson’s bustier to reveal red lace, but instead ripped away everything, leaving her breast exposed to over 100 million Super Bowl fans. Moonves, however, was convinced it wasn’t a malfunction, but rather an intentional bid to stir up controversy.

He banned Jackson and Timberlake from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on CBS the week after the Super Bowl. Timberlake was only allowed to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident, according to sources. 

He was “furious that Jackson didn’t make a similarly contrite apology to him. The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson’s career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day,” the report states.

Read more over at The Huff Post.

 

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