Cybill Shepherd said Thursday she once was propositioned by former CBS chief Leslie Moonves and that her show was canceled after she turned him down.
In an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Michelle Collins Show,” Shepherd said Moonves made a pass at her one night while they were at dinner.
“He was, well, he was telling me his wife didn’t turn him on, some mistress didn’t turn him on,” Shepherd said. “And … he says, `Well, you know, 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.”
Then, “quite shortly afterward,” her show, “Cybill,” was canceled, she said.
“Cybill” ran from 1995 through 1998. Had she gone home with him, the actress believes that her show “would have run another five years.”
“Cybill” was canceled after experiencing a sharp drop in viewership. It averaged an 8.3 rating in its final season, tying for 50th in the season-long list, according to Nielsen figures. The previous season it averaged a 10.5 rating, tying for 31st. The rating is the percentage of households tuned to a particular program.
Moonves has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women and has stepped down as the CBS Corp. chief. He has denied the claims or said the encounters were consensual.
CBS declined comment.
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