Everyone Who's Been Fired Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

The actress says Moonves told her his wife and mistress "didn't turn him on."

Cybill Shepherd believes her sitcom could have run another five years, if it wasn't for Les Moonves and his alleged sexual misconduct.

The actress, whose "Cybill" ran on CBS for four seasons between 1995-1998, accused Moonves of making unprofessional advances toward her in an interview on Michelle Collins' SiriusXM show Thursday morning.

Recalling her time on the Chuck Lorre sitcom, which was abruptly canceled and ended on a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger that was never continued, Shepherd said she was surrounded by an amazing team.

"I was very thrilled in the 'Cybill' show to be in the room, it's nobody dominating," she told Collins. "It's a great process of very talented people and it was interesting because my show could run another five years, but I didn't, I didn't fall on the right side of Les Moonves. I wasn't gonna fall at all for Les."

When Collins asked about any one-on-one time she may have had with the former president of CBS, Shepherd went into detail about how he allegedly propositioned her.

"His assistant and my assistant made a dinner date and we went to it and he was, well he was telling me his wife didn't turn him on, some mistress didn't turn him on," Shepherd explained. "And I'm watching him drink alcohol and [...] he says, 'Why don't you let me take you home?' I said, 'No, I've got a ride' and I had my car outside with a good friend of mine who is an off duty LAPD officer."

She added that "quite shortly afterwards" she began having issues with her show. When Collins asked what Shepherd thought would have happened "if things had gone differently" that night, the actress reiterated her belief that the show "would have run another five years." She added, "We had the best writers in the world and directors and actors, everybody was brilliant."

Shepherd also told Collins that the memory was "very painful" and referred to the many allegations against Moonves -- which include sexual harassment and assault -- as "his crimes."

The fallout for Moonves began when journalist Ronan Farrow wrote an article in The New Yorker back in July 2018. In the story, six women claimed that Moonves had either harassed, intimidated, or abused them while at CBS. The network subsequently investigated the executive. Then, in September, six more women came out with accusations. Moonves stepped down as CEO, acknowledging he made "women uncomfortable by making advances" in the past, but denied any non-consensual behavior or "[misusing] my position to harm or hinder anyone's career."

Shepherd also revealed some of the sexist notes she got from the top brass at CBS about her show after she turned down Moonves' advances.

"It's just funny to see somebody whose quote 'pretty,' you know, talking with some food in their mouth, not overdoing it. It's just funny," she explained. "And then I got that note, don't do that anymore. 'Don't have Cybill talk while she's eating.' Then it was, okay, we had done one menopause episode, then we were going to do a second one. They said you can't use menses, menstruation, or period and I fought to say period and that ended up in Newsweek or TIME just that year. I had had to fight to say period."

Collins' full interview with Shepherd airs today on The Michelle Collins Show.

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