(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — The CEO of CBS says he has found some of the behavior exhibited by contestants on Big Brother to be “appalling.”
Les Moonves addressed this summer’s Big Brother controversy on Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Some contestants have been captured on camera making racially-insensitive remarks, including one who used the N-word on the Big Brother Internet feed.
Moonves, whose wife, Julie Chen, is the host of Big Brother, said, “It was established as a social experiment, clearly that’s what’s happening this year. I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling, personally.”
He added that he feels the network handled the situation “properly.” CBS has aired a disclaimer stating that it does not condone or share the contestants’ views.
Moonves also commented on the departure of Cote de Pablo from the hit CBS series NCIS, saying the network tried to keep her, to no avail. De Pablo plays Ziva David on the drama.
Elsewhere on the CBS front, Robin Williams spoke with journalists about his return to TV in the comedy The Crazy Ones. He and Sarah Michelle Gellar will play a father-daughter duo who works at an advertising agency.
Williams, whose last regular role on TV came in the 1978-1982 sitcom Mork & Mindy, was asked if he feels pressure to always be funny. He responded, “I think sometimes there’s that pressure…but the idea of being funny, yeah, I love it. And this is, for me, it’s great to have a steady gig after so long. It’s wonderful.”
The Crazy Ones will premiere on CBS Sept. 26.
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