CBS CEO Leslie Moonves is leaving his post following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that spanned much of his career, the company announced on Sunday evening.
CBS announced Moonves will depart as chairman, president and chief executive officer “effective immediately.”
The company said COO Joseph Ianniello will now act as president and acting CEO “while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor.”
The allegations against Moonves were brought to light in a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow in August in which six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct and damaging their careers. A second New Yorker article by Farrow published on Sunday contained allegations by six more women. Moonves denied the allegations and characterized his relationships with some of the women as consensual.