NCIS: New Orleans Executive Producer Brad Kern Suspended

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Brad Kern has been suspended from NCIS: New Orleans. 

The news was confirmed Sunday the Television Critics Association summer press tour. 

“I believe in terms of keeping him out of the workplace during the investigation, that was to be as fair and open as we could be,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told reporters.

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“The investigation is ongoing. I’m told we will have results soon.”

This marks the third misconduct investigation against Kern at the network. Variety confirmed in December last year that there were two internal investigations that were found inconclusive. 

Related: NCIS: New Orleans Showrunner Exits After Misconduct Investigation

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016 and took them very seriously,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement at the time.

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“Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

Earlier this year, Deadline confirmed that Kern was stepping down as showrunner and that Executive Producer, Chris Silber would succeed him. 

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The report also stated that Kern completed a six-month course in sensitivity training and that there had been no new complaints filed against him. 

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While Kern departed as showrunner, he remained with the series in a consulting position. With the investigation due to be completed soon, we will likely get more clarity on what went into the decision to suspend Kern. 

He has worked on a string of hit TV shows during his time including Charmed, Beauty and the Beast and Human Target. 

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Remember you can watch NCIS: New Orleans online right here. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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