In a 45-minute, expletive-laced rant on his SiriusXM radio show Monday, Howard Stern railed against the embattled CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, accusing the powerful executive of trying to ruin his life.
“Les tried to ruin my life,” Stern said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The veteran radio host referred to a $500 million lawsuit that was filed against him by the CBS in 2006. The network claimed that Stern had breached his contract after he allegedly failed to disclose his new deal with Sirius, while still working at CBS Radio. The lawsuit also accused him of promoting his new show while on air at CBS.
“I had a good job for these guys, kept their stations afloat, to be honest, and made them a lot of money, and it was a nice way to end,” Stern said, adding that he and Moonves had an amicable farewell to his CBS departure.
When he began performing with Sirius, however, Stern said that he was “socked” with the lawsuit.
Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct over a period of three decades, in an article published in the New Yorker last month.
The alleged conduct included forced kissing, unwanted sexual advances, and career reprisals against women who rejected him. CBS issued a statement before the article was published, said he took the allegations seriously and would begin an investigation.
Moonves joined CBS in 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment, and quickly climbed the ranks, CEO of CBS Television in 1998 and CEO of the new CBS Corp. in 2006, after the split of Viacom. He did the company, which is active in the CBS network, Showtime and other entities, with hit shows like “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gerren Keith Gaynor is Homepage Editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MrGerrenalist.