‘NCIS: New Orleans’ producer Brad Kern fired by CBS after investigation

CBS Television Studios has fired former “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern following a third misconduct investigation, the studio said Tuesday.

“We have ended Brad Kern’s role as consulting producer on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ and his overall deal with the studio,” a representative for the studio said in a statement.

Kern had twice previously been investigated internally at the studio, but for the third investigation, spurred by further reports of harassment and verbally abusive behavior toward women, CBS brought in outside counsel.

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NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 1: 'Second Line' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 1: 'Second Line' -- C The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 1: 'Second Line' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, Darri Ingolfsson as Karl Baptiste, and Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 28: 'Help Wanted' -- A Navy culinary specialist is the target of an explosion while visiting her family's restaurant, a French Quarter staple for over 100 years. Also, Brody is in D.C. tracking a lead in the General leak case, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, May 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 19: 'Means to an End' -- The NCIS team discovers a surveillance van filled with photos documenting Special Agent Pride's every move after his daughter Laurel is attacked on campus and placed in protective custody, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Julie Ann Emery as NCIS Special Agent Karen Hardy, Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 1: 'Second Line' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Devyn Tyler as Amelia Boyd and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 19: 'Means to an End' -- The NCIS team discovers a surveillance van filled with photos documenting Special Agent Pride's every move after his daughter Laurel is attacked on campus and placed in protective custody, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 1: 'Second Line' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade and Gary Basaraba as Dr. Steven Bellamy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 19: 'Means to an End' -- The NCIS team discovers a surveillance van filled with photos documenting Special Agent Pride's every move after his daughter Laurel is attacked on campus and placed in protective custody, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, Julie Ann Emery as NCIS Special Agent Karen Hardy, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 17: 'Means to an End' -- The NCIS team discovers a surveillance van filled with photos documenting Special Agent Pride's every move after his daughter Laurel is attacked on campus and placed in protective custody, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, March 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Julie Ann Emery as NCIS Special Agent Karen Hardy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
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The new investigation came shortly after CBS Studios signed a new two-year deal with the producer and chose to keep him on board as a consulting producer on the procedural despite replacing him as showrunner.

Earlier this summer, CBS Entertainment boss Kelly Kahl said he had confidence the investigation would “get to the truth” of the matter.

“CBS Studios investigated Brad Kern in 2016,” Kahl said at the time. “Action was taken after that investigation and, you know, there have been no complaints since. I’m troubled and frustrated that reports continue to come out in the press.”

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