Brad Kern, the former showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans, has been fired by producers CBS Television Studios.
“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on NCIS: New Orleans and his overall deal with the studio,” a spokesperson for CBS Television Studios said in a statement provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter. Kern’s termination was effective Monday. Representatives for Kern did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
After being appointed the drama’s showrunner in early 2016, Kern was the subject of two human resources investigations. In a December story, multiple NCIS: New Orleans sources said they told CBS HR that Kern harassed and unfairly penalized women, repeatedly bullied a nursing mother and made racially insensitive statements, among other allegations.
CBS TV Studios signed Kern to a new two-year deal in the spring, but not long after that, he was demoted from showrunner to consulting producer. In June, he was suspended. That month, THR broke the news that an outside counsel had begun a third investigation into allegations of harassment, unprofessional conduct and vindictive behavior by Kern.