Cybill Shepherd claims her show was canceled over Les Moonves advances

Speaking out. Cybill Shepherd claimed in a new interview that her response to unwanted advances from former CBS chairman, CEO and president Les Moonves was the reason her hit show, Cybill, ended prematurely.

“My show could have run another five years, but I didn’t fall on the right side of Les,” the actress, 68, told Sirius XM’s The Michelle Collins Show. “I wasn’t gonna fall at all for Les.”

The Client List alum went on to allege that production on Cybill, which ran from 1995 to 1998, was shut down “quite shortly after” Moonves, 69, made a pass at her. “His assistant and my assistant made a dinner date and we went to it,” she explained. “He was telling me his wife [Nancy Wiesenfeld] doesn’t turn him on, some mistress doesn’t turn him on, and I’m watching him drink alcohol … and he says, ‘Well, you know, why don’t you let me take you home?'”

Shepherd said she had backup at the ready, however. “I said, ‘No, I’ve got a ride!’ and I have my car outside, with a good friend of mine [who is] an off-duty L.A. police officer.”

According to the three-time Golden Globe winner, the series “would have run another five years” had it not been for that encounter.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Actress Cybill Shepherd visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Actress Cybill Shepherd arrives for the Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis held at Hollywood Palladium on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Cybill Shepherd arrives at the Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Cybill Shepherd attends 'Taxi Driver' 40th Anniversary Celebration during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Cybill Shepherd attends the 'Taxi Driver' 40th Anniversary Celebration during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 15: Cybill Shepherd attends the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 15, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Cybill Shepherd attends 'Hugh Jackman... One Night Only' Benefiting MPTF at Dolby Theatre on October 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Cybill Shepherd attends the The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Presents The 'Definitive Director's Cut' Of 'The Last Picture Show' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Cybill Shepherd attends the 50 & Fabulous celebration of 50 years women's advances since the pill at The Pierre Hotel on October 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images for Communications Strategies)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Cybill Shepherd arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks' 'The Heartbreak Kid' at Mann's Village Theater on September 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actress Cybill Shepherd poses backstage at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
20th February 1978: American actress Cybill Shepherd (1949 - ),who appeared in the film 'Silver Bears' with Michael Caine. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Studio shot of American actress Cybill Shepherd wearing a slip, New York, New York, October 1978. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Cybill Shepherd, American film and television actress, at Claridges Hotel during a visit to London. Original Publication: People Disc - HL0228 (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Actress Cybill Shepherd dances with her Golden Globe Awards 21 January in Beverly Hills. Shepherd won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy TV Series and Best Comedy TV Series for 'Cybill.' AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA: Actresses Cybill Shepherd (L) and Christine Baranski (C) present an Emmy to Alan Rickman (R) for outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or special for his lead role in the HBO production of 'Rasputin' during the 48th Annual Emmy Awards 08 September in Pasadena, California. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Cybill Shepherd and Elliot Gould sitting in a train car, in a scene from the movie 'The Lady Vanishes', 1979. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
405211 22: Actress Cybill Shepherd attends the First Annual 'Runway For Life' celebrity fashion show to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital May11, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Six women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct in July, at which point the network announced that it was “selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation.” The former TV executive was fired by CBS in September after six additional women came forward with new claims against him.

“Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace,” the network said in a statement at the time.

Moonves denied the September allegations with a statement to The New Yorker: “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”

He later released a statement about his firing. “Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am,” he said at the time. “Effective immediately I will no longer be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS. I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company. I wish nothing but the best for the organization, the newly comprised board of directors and all of its employees.

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CA.Moonves.1.0731.RG �� CBS President Leslie Moonves at CBS studios, Wednesday, July 30, 1996. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Television executive Leslie Moonves and wife Nancy Wiesenfeld attend the 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 6: Television executive Leslie Moonves attends the 'Chicago' Opening Night Performance on May 6, 1998 at the Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MAY 04: Mayor Rudy Giuliani is flanked by CBS President Leslie Moonves (left) and Donald Trump at news conference at the GM Building, where CBS announced that Bryant Gumbel will be the host of its new morning news program, 'This Morning.' Show, to be launched Nov. 1, will broadcast from Trump's International Plaza Building., (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
E367122 18: Leslie Moonves of CBS attends The Variety/Schroders Big Picture Media Conference, April 4, 2000 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer)
President and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves atThe Front Row conference on the business of media and entertainment in New York City, New York on Tuesday February 27, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/Getty Images
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 15: Television executive Leslie Moonves attends the CBS Upront Party on May 15, 2001 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Leslie Moonves and Ted Danson at The Museum of Television and Radio's annual Los Angeles gala to honor Ted Danson and Dick Wolf at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Leslie Moonves during Television Critics Association UPN Day - Arrivals at Renissance Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman CBS during 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' Fourth Season Premiere Screening at Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
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WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 2: Television personality Julie Chen (L) and her husband President and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves arrive at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 16: President and CEO of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves arrives at the launch party for the video game 'Fallout: New Vegas' at the Rain Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort October 16, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp., speaks during the "Outlook for the Entertainment Industry" panel at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT MEDIA)
(L-R) TV personality Julie Chen and President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the Vanity Fair party during the 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse on April 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Leslie Moonves attends The Hollywood Radio & Television Society presents 'A Conversation with Leslie Moonves' at The Beverly Hilton hotel on November 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attends the 2014 God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Leslie Moonves attends the closing night gala screening of 'Patriots Day' at the 2016 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Leslie Moonves is pictured at the Boston premiere of the movie 'Patriots Day' at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on Dec. 14, 2016. He is Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of CBS Corp. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 11: (L-R) Julie Chen and Leslie 'Les' Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, arrive for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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