'NCIS: New Orleans' Showrunner Exits Following Misconduct Investigations

Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund NCIS NEW ORLEANS

Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund NCIS NEW ORLEANS

He will serve as consultant on the series going forward.

The move comes months after news broke that Kern had twice been investigated following multiple complaints about workplace hostility.

According to Salon, citing an unnamed source within CBS, embattled showrunner Brad Kern - who has been the reported subject of two investigations by CBS TV Studios for alleged misconduct contributing to a hostile work environment - will not return in that role for Season 5.

Kern, who has been the show's executive producer since season 2, was accused in December of making inappropriate comments about women on staff, mothers, and African-Americans.

Exec producer Chris Silber has been elevated to take over the Scott Bakula-led spinoff in its recently ordered fifth season.

Salon first reported the news.

Despite the claims against him, Kern continued working on the show.

Following the second investigation, Kern was reportedly assigned to and underwent six months of sensitivity training/counseling, which he completed in February 2017.

"It is gratifying to listen to that [Kern] will not be a showrunner at 'NCIS: NOLA, '" a so-called trade veteran instructed Salon.

"We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016, and took them very seriously", CBS TV Studios said in a December statement. 'The writers, cast, and crew deserve better'. "Each complaints have been acted upon instantly with investigations and subsequent disciplinary motion". Before joining NCIS: New Orleans midway through its second season two years ago, he ran the Beauty and the Beast remake for the CW, Charmed and New York Undercover.

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