Peter Lenkov FIRED by CBS amid ‘toxic work environment’ claims

Peter Lenkov, one of the top showrunners at CBS, has been fired by the network.

The move comes following an investigation into claims he created a toxic work environment, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Lenkov is behind shows such as Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. and still had a year left on the overall deal he signed in 2018 with CBS TV Studios.

‘Peter Lenkov is no longer the executive producer overseeing MacGyver and Magnum P.I., and the studio has ended its relationship with him,’ a CBS TV Studios spokesperson said in a statement. 

Out: Peter Lenkov, one of the top showrunners at CBS, has been fired amid claims he created a toxic work environment

Out: Peter Lenkov, one of the top showrunners at CBS, has been fired amid claims he created a toxic work environment

Out: Peter Lenkov, one of the top showrunners at CBS, has been fired amid claims he created a toxic work environment

‘Monica Macer will be the showrunner on MacGyver and Eric Guggenheim will run Magnum P.I. Both are currently executive producers on their respective series. 

‘Our studio is committed to ensuring safe and respectful production environments. Over the past year, we have assigned human resource production partners to every show, expanded staff training and increased reporting options. 

‘We will continue to evolve our practices with continued focus on building trust with all who work on our sets. Every complaint is taken seriously, every claim is investigated, and when evidence is clear that policies were violated and values not upheld, we take decisive action.’

In his own statement, Lenkov said: ‘Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry. 

In his own statement, Lenkov said: 'Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry.'

In his own statement, Lenkov said: 'Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry.'

In his own statement, Lenkov said: ‘Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry.’

Lenkov is behind shows such as Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. and still had a year left on the overall deal he signed in 2018 with CBS TV Studios. Pictured is a scene from Macgyver

Lenkov is behind shows such as Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. and still had a year left on the overall deal he signed in 2018 with CBS TV Studios. Pictured is a scene from Macgyver

Lenkov is behind shows such as Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and Magnum P.I. and still had a year left on the overall deal he signed in 2018 with CBS TV Studios. Pictured is a scene from Macgyver

‘I accept responsibility for what I am hearing and am committed to doing the work that is required to do better and be better.’

According to THR, Lenkov is accused of being ‘manipulative’ and ‘abusive’ and was the subject of at least three complaints concerning the production of Hawaii Five-0, which ended its 10-season run in April, and MacGyver which just wrapped its fourth season. 

Lenkov allegedly ran a ‘boys club’ type of environment and would pick his favorite male colleagues to gather, smoke cigars with and judge the appearance of women in Hawaii.

He is also accused of giving special allowances for male actors and accommodating their work-schedule requests without offering the same consideration to the actresses on Hawaii Five-0. 

Lenkov allegedly ran a 'boys club' type of environment and would pick his favorite male colleagues to gather, smoke cigars with and judge the appearance of women in Hawaii

Lenkov allegedly ran a 'boys club' type of environment and would pick his favorite male colleagues to gather, smoke cigars with and judge the appearance of women in Hawaii

Lenkov allegedly ran a ‘boys club’ type of environment and would pick his favorite male colleagues to gather, smoke cigars with and judge the appearance of women in Hawaii

Lenkov is also accused of giving special allowances for male actors and accommodating their work-schedule requests without offering the same consideration to the actresses on Hawaii Five-0 (some of the cast are pictured)

Lenkov was responsible for the successful revival of Magnum P.I. (pictured Perdita Weeks and Jay Hernandez)

Lenkov was responsible for the successful revival of Magnum P.I. (pictured Perdita Weeks and Jay Hernandez)

 Lenkov was responsible for the successful revival of Magnum P.I. (pictured Perdita Weeks and Jay Hernandez)

Fam showrunner Bob Kushell, 49, (pictured) was let go in 2018 after being accused of using ‘inappropriate language’ in the workplace

Fam showrunner Bob Kushell, 49, (pictured) was let go in 2018 after being accused of using ‘inappropriate language’ in the workplace

Fam showrunner Bob Kushell, 49, (pictured) was let go in 2018 after being accused of using ‘inappropriate language’ in the workplace

‘It was a hard place to be a woman on that set,’ one source told THR. The show was filmed in Oahu during its 10-year run.

Lenkov would talk down to writers, particularly women and people of color, sources claim.

He allegedly once mocked a disabled fan and when a writer challenged his actions Lenkov tried to get her fired.

The insider says, ‘He isn’t racist or sexist or classist singularly — it’s all of it,

‘He’s anti-woman, anti-POC, anti-gay and everything you’d expect. But he’d also torture straight, white men if he felt like it.’ 

There have been multiple shake ups at CBS in recent years.

CEO Les Moonves exited in September 2018 after being accused of sexual misconduct.  

The same month 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager was fired in September for inappropriate conduct after he sent a threatening text message to CBS reporter Jericka Duncan, who was covering sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Former CEO Leslie Moonves

Former CEO Leslie Moonves

Former 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager

Former 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager

CEO Leslie Moonves (left) was accused of sexual misconduct and departed in September 2018. Jeff Fager (right), a producer from 60 Minutes was fired the same month after threatening staff

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg (left) and Aaron Harberts (right) lost their jobs after being accused of abusive behavior

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg (left) and Aaron Harberts (right) lost their jobs after being accused of abusive behavior

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg (left) and Aaron Harberts (right) lost their jobs after being accused of abusive behavior

CBS Studios executive Vinnie Favale, was put on leave in October 2018 after allegations of misconduct. 

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts lost their jobs in June that year after being accused of abusive behavior, and being reprimanded for budget overruns.  

The network also cut showrunner Brad Kern, who worked on NCIS: New Orleans, from an overall deal in October 2018.

He stepped down as executive producer in 2016 but stayed on as a consultant after he mocked a new mom who had to leave the writers’ room to pump breast milk.

Kern also allegedly mocked African-Americans and removed an actress from the show because he found her ‘unf**kble,’ sources say. 

In 2017, the network dropped CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose amid allegations of sexual harassment. 

CBS Studios executive Vinnie Favale (pictured October 24, 2016) was put on leave in October 2018 after allegations of misconduct

CBS Studios executive Vinnie Favale (pictured October 24, 2016) was put on leave in October 2018 after allegations of misconduct

CBS Studios executive Vinnie Favale (pictured October 24, 2016) was put on leave in October 2018 after allegations of misconduct

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