Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Janet Was Reportedly Blackballed Post Super Bowl Nip Slip By CBS Exec

Janet Was Reportedly Blackballed Post Super Bowl Nip Slip By CBS Exec

Moonves was embarrassed by the debacle - which lasted nine-sixteenths of a second - and punished the two performers by banning them from the CBS-hosted Grammys the next month, sources told the Huffington Post.

According to a report published by HuffPost on Thursday, Moonves targeted Jackson because he felt she wasn't apologetic enough after her breast was exposed during the performance when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of fabric from her costume.

CBS sources told the Huffington Post they believed Moonves was directly responsible for how Jackson, whose career took a beating after the Super Bowl debacle, was perceived by the public.

"Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson's songs and music videos", the article alleges. Simon & Schuster is owned by Viacom. The Federal Communications Commission issued a $550 000 fine to MTV and CBS as producers of the half-time show. According to Ali, the CBS exec was convinced the moment was "an intentional bid to stir up controversy", and sources close to Moonves explained that he didn't feel Jackson was "sufficiently repentant" for the mistake.

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While Timberlake seemed to come out unscathed after the ordeal and after issuing an apology, Jackson however suffered after the sales of her "Damita Jo" album the same year, tanked. Meanwhile, Timberlake returned to the Super Bowl stage in 2018. A source recalls that Moonves asked at the time, "How the fuck did she slip through?"

In July, Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women, and, according to various reports, he will soon depart CBS with a severance package of $100 million in stock.

In fact, his tone about the book deal was so belligerent one source refused to speak on the record because he was "not interested in having that man following me to the grave and trying to screw me over the whole time". Another said that Moonves promised "heads were going to roll as a result of the deal".

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