Brad Kern will lose his producer title on the show, and instead be listed as a consultant, with producer Chris Silber talking over showrunner duties, Salon first reported. "Included in the allegations are reports that Kern sexually harassed and discriminated against his female employees, targeting working mothers in particular, in addition to making racist comments". CBS stated that investigators did discover proof of "insensitive" and "offensive" feedback, however none of any harassment or discrimination.
In a statement to Variety previous year, a CBS spokesperson said, "We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously". Salon reports that Brad Kern, who has been the showrunner since January 2016, was removed from the position following #MeToo complaints and investigations. Both reportedly were triggered by complaints from co-workers about a hostile work environment on the show.
'Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action.
"It's gratifying to hear that (Kern) will no longer be a showrunner at 'NCIS: NOLA", an industry veteran told Salon.
Kern was stated to have taken half in a six-month sensitivity coaching that he accomplished in February 2017, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
'While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented'. 'The writers, cast, and crew deserve better'. His credits before his 2015 arrival on the popular NCIS spinoff include The CW's Beauty and the Beast, the original Charmed and New York Undercover.