Timberlake apparently "tearfully apologized" after being banned from the 2004 Grammys broadcast (he was subsequently allowed to perform after apologizing), and Moonves expected a similar apology from Jackson that he never received.
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.
Timberlake was allowed to perform after tearfully apologizing - but Jackson wasn't almost as contrite, fueling Moonves' animosity toward her.More news: North Korea shows off achievements, but not missiles on its 70th birthday
As well, Moonves reportedly ordered all Viacom properties, including MTV, VH1 as well as all of their radio stations, to stop playing Janet Jackson music and videos, which tanked sales of her album "Damita Jo", which she released in March 2004, the Huffington Post said. "The fallout from the incident inflicted significant damage on Jackson's career ― which until that point had produced 10 No. 1 hits ― and still reverberates to this day", the report states.
The Journal and CNBC both say Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianniello would be CBS' interim CEO if Moonves leaves. He reportedly told another source who spoke to the HuffPo on condition of anonymity that "heads were going to roll" but it is unclear if he ever took action on his alleged threats.
"How the f**k did she slip through?"
As for Moonves, he is now under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct by lawyers hired by the CBS Board of Directors.
Seven years later, in 2011, Moonves continued his crusade when he learned that Jackson had signed a book deal with Viacom-owned publisher Simon & Schuster. Six women accused Moonves of sexual advances such as unwanted kissing and touching, the New Yorker reported in August.