UPDATED: Two of the highest-ranked female executives at CBS, Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer for CBS Corp. and Angelica McDaniel, EVP, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, have voiced their support for their boss, Leslie Moonves, in the wake of the The New Yorker’s expose of the CBS Corp. CEO.
“I fully support Leslie Moonves and the statement he made,” Ross wrote on Twitter. “My experience with him on a professional and personal basis has never had any hint of the behavior this story refers to.”
The story painted a disturbing picture of sexual harassment over several decades based on accusations by six women, including actress Illeana Douglas.
Ross went on to say that Moonves “has never been threatening or abusive,” “showing the deepest respect at all times.”
Ross has worked with Moonves during his entire 23-year tenure at CBS having joined the network three years before him. Over the last two decades, she rose from VP of Olympic Sales for CBS network to her current post as President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer for CBS Corp.
“Lestlie has made me a better executive, and I have learned how to lead from him,” Ross said.
McDaniel has been a rising star at CBS with a series of promotions since joining the network as VP, daytime current programming in 2010.
“I developed under the leadership of Leslie Moonves, and the relationship has been one of respect and support, in an environment where talent and hard work rise to the top,” McDonald wrote on Twitter. “Statements about a culture of repression and subjugation of women have never been brought to bear on myself or my department in my eight years as a top executive at CBS.”
The New Yorker story also cited thirty current and former CBS employees who “described harassment, gender discrimination, or retaliation at the network.”
Here are Ross and McDaniel’s full statements: