Jackson and Timberlake both said the incident was truly a malfunction ― that Timberlake was only meant to rip away the leather on Jackson's bustier to reveal red lace, but instead ripped away everything, leaving her breast exposed to over 100 million Super Bowl fans.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS CEO Les...
Following the incident, the CBS chief reportedly banned the two performers from the 2004 Grammys broadcast airing on the network a week later.
A new report states that Leslie Moonves, the Chairman and CEO of CBS, was plotting to end Janet Jackson's career following the "wardrobe malfunction" during her Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime performance with Justin Timberlake, sources told Huffington Post.
CBS and the halftime show's producer, MTV, which were both under the parent company Viacom at the time, faced criticism and a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission. But Timberlake was allowed to perform after he tearfully apologized for the incident, according to conversations Moonves had with my sources.
HuffPost's sources said that they felt that Moonves "played a large part" in how the public perceived Jackson in the aftermath of an event that significantly damaged her career.
HuffPost sources suggest Moonves had a huge role in how Jackson was received after the debacle.
"Moonves ordered Viacom properties VH1 and MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations, to stop playing Jackson's songs and music videos", the article alleges.
Despite allegedly forgiving the "Cry Me A River" hitmaker, Moonves, said the publication, stated that he didn't think Jackson was "sufficiently repentant". Meanwhile, Timberlake returned to the Super Bowl stage in 2018.
Moonves is now reportedly negotiating his exit from CBS in the wake of the #MeToo accusations against him.
Seven years after the 2004 incident, Moonves told several sources he was furious when he found out Jackson had signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for her book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. Moonves is now facing sexual harassment allegations.