Bob Kushell is out as co-showrunner for CBS’ midseason sitcom “Fam,” ahead of its debut, for “inappropriate language in the workplace.”
CBS declined to comment, but an insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Kushell is no longer with the show. TV Line was first to report the news of Kushell’s departure for workplace misconduct. Representatives for Kushell did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The comedy starring Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell is set to premiere at midseason. Corinne Kingsbury, who created the show, will now be the sole showrunner on the series.
In “Fam,” a woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father. The cast also includes Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling are also executive producers.
The comedy is produced by CBS Television Studios and Kapital Entertainment.
Last month, CBS fired “NCIS: New Orleans” showrunner Brad Kern after a third misconduct investigation. Kern had twice previously been investigated internally at the studio, but for the third investigation, spurred by further reports of harassment and verbally abusive behavior toward women, CBS brought in outside counsel. One day later, CBS Studios executive Vinnie Favale was placed on administrative leave after multiple accusations of him using sexual and homophobic language.
In September, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves resigned following multiple sexual misconduct accusations.