As if CBS didn’t have enough problems concerning sexual harassment issues, America’s most-watched network is not out of the woods yet.
The “CBS Evening News” newly installed host Nora O’Donnell didn’t mince words about her thoughts on the work environment at the broadcasting giant.
Only thing is, she thought she was off mic. She wasn’t.
During a Tuesday night segment on the sexual harassment accusations lodged against opera star Plácido Domingo, O’Donnell was caught on a hot mic saying what sounded like, “Sounds like somebody else here…”
The broadcasting veteran was overheard during a portion of the report in which Domingo said he believed all relationships in his past were consensual.
Her comment was scrubbed from the audio when CBS uploaded the clip was uploaded on its website.
“CBS Evening News” denied a request for comment from The Daily News on Thursday.
The company has faced a whirlwind of scrutiny during the #MeToo era.
O’Donnell’s former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose was fired by the network in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.
“Let me be very clear,” she said at the time. “There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and pervasive and I’ve been doing a lot of listening and I’m going to continue to do that.”
And then more chips started to fall.
The show’s executive producer of Ryan Kadro abruptly exited the network after a lawsuit in which he was accused of ignoring warnings about Rose. The lawsuit was reportedly settled.
In 2018, while still on “CBS This Morning,” O’Donnell addressed the forced resignation of network CEO Les Moonves, which came after multiple women accused the media mogul — and husband of former morning news anchor Julie Chen — of sexual harassment or assault.
She said Moonves had always treated her “fairly and with respect,” but she’d had “another sleepless night” thinking about the accusations against him.
Moonves maintained his innocence.
Also in 2018, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager exited the network following published reports that included accusations that he inappropriately touched employees, and tolerated years of alleged abusive conduct by a senior producer.
Fager denied the reports but admitted that his contract was terminated after sending threatening texts to CBS reporter Jericka Duncan, who revealed the contents of the text during a news broadcast.
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