Janet Jackson Was Allegedly Blackballed by CBS CEO
It’s never too late to reopen a can of worms — especially if it uncovers old injustices. A recent Huffington Post article claimed that CBS CEO Les Moonves held a huge grudge against iconic singer/dancer Janet Jackson after she and Justin Timberlake’s controversial Super Bowl performance in 2004. This grudge was so fierce that he allegedly made several attempts to sabotage her career.
Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson
As you’ll recall, during the halftime show, Timberlake ripped away a piece from Janet’s jacket, uncovering her bare breast. This cost CBS over $550K in fines from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Both Justin and Janet issued public apologies but according to the article, Moonves, pushed to have Janet banned from Viacom – the company that owns MTV, BET, VHI, etc. This treatment is said to have led to lower sales than normal for Janet’s “Damita Jo” album.
The writer of the piece, Yashar Ali, created a Twitter thread to support this article, detailing the claims. He said:
“Exclusive: Multiple sources tell me that after the 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, Les Moonves was intent on destroying @JanetJackson’s career to the point where he was talking about it years later and sharing how he was exacting his revenge.”
He continued, adding that similar sabotage had been done to the careers of actresses Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd by Harvey Weinstein – who has recently been outed as being notorious for sexual assault, intimidation, and blackballing. Yashar said:
“This reminds me so much of what happened to @MiraSorvino and @AshleyJudd for years they couldn’t’ figure out why their careers were suffering until they found out last year that Weinstein was blacklisting them the whole time.”
Yashar also alleged that “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen, who also happens to be Les Moonves’ wife, attempted to downplay the host’s recount of the Super Bowl incident. She can be seen in the following video clip in Yashar’s tweet,stating that Janet didn’t apologized. Julie also alleged that due to Janet’s lack of apology, her career suffered. Yashar tweeted:
“Just found this clip of @JulieChen talking about Jackson. She appears clinical in discussing it and notes Jackson didn’t apologize (she did) and Timberlake did. Watch the whole clip, it’s telling as everyone else is excited about Janet and Julie isn’t.”
During an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2006, Janet called the Super Bowl incident a “very embarrassing accident” and that she felt that Justin “left her hanging” by allowing her to face the brunt of criticism alone. See the clip.
Since then, Janet has gone on to star in multiple films, tour the world, be honored by the BMI Awards and is gearing up for her second leg of her State of the World Tour. Kudos to her!