Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is sharing her Les Moonves story. In The Hollywood Reporter, she claims the ousted CBS CEO effectively banned her from the network after she created highly successful shows.
She writes: "People asked me for years, 'What happened to you?' Les Moonves happened to me."
Bloodworth-Thomason continues, writing that while she was never sexually "harassed or attacked" as other women have said they were by Moonves, he subtly destroyed her career. In 1992, she was given a $50 million writing and producing contract, the largest in the network’s history, but that when Moonves took his place as CEO in 1995, all of her pilots were shot down.
In addition to her own story, Bloodworth-Thomason shares an anecdote of him harassing and abusing a female star whose show had just been cancelled.
She writes: "He informed her that she was too old to be on his network. She began to cry and stood up to go. He stood up too, taking her by the shoulders and telling her, ‘I can’t let you leave like this.’ She reacted, suddenly touched. Then he shoved his tongue down her throat. I know this happened because the star is the person who told me."
"The truth is, Les Moonves may never be punished in the way that he deserves," Bloodworth-Thomason writes. "He will almost certainly never go to jail. And he has already made hundreds of millions of dollars during his highly successful and truly immoral, bullying, misogynist reign."