The head of entertainment programming and production of ABC, Steve McPherson has finally stepped down from office after the company has conducted an internal sexual harassment investigation against him.
There has been several complaints against the chief related to sexual harassment involving several women, some executives and on-air talent. The company didn’t deny the allegations and that they are currently doing an internal investigation about the issue.
Courtesy of Reuters News: McPherson’s attorney, Tom Hoberman, issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Upon Steve McPherson returning to work from his vacation on Monday, he made a voluntary decision to resign and ABC accepted his resignation. It is not uncommon for high level executives to be the subject of gossip and innuendo. That would include rumors of internal situations which can easily be misinterpreted or misrepresented. Seems like it goes with the territory, and there is nothing further to discuss.”
McPherson has contributed a lot to the companies having been the head for 6 long years. Under his shadow, the company has come up with several successful shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Dancing with the Stars, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was even credited by ABC as being “…the driving force behind the network’s primetime comeback,”. However, issues as serious as like this needs immediate action and morality as well as credibility of its executives should also be considered.