Chuck Lorre on Sexual Harassment After Les Moonves Accusations: ‘It Has to Be Made Safe for Everyone’

TCA 2018: “You certainly can’t do good work if you’re environment doesn’t support you,” says “The Big Bang Theory” creator

Last Updated: July 29, 2018 @ 5:40 PM

Chuck Lorre is calling for a work environment that’s “safe for everyone” in the aftermath of a bombshell report alleging a toxic, male-dominated culture at CBS.

“You can’t do good work in an unsafe environment. It has to be made safe for everyone,” Lorre told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. “Why would anyone want to go to work in an environment that’s not nurturing? You certainly can’t do comedy if you’re frightened. You certainly can’t do good work if you’re environment doesn’t support you.”

Lorre’s sitcoms, including “Two and a Half Men,” “Mom” and “The Big Bang Theory,” have been instrumental in CBS’s recent success, but the prolific creator was unwilling to address the allegations against CBS boss Leslie Moonves more specifically.

Twice asked about his reaction to the New Yorker report published last week, in which six women accused Moonves of various forms of sexual harassment and retaliation, Lorre declined to comment.

“I don’t have anything to add to that story,” said Lorre, who was appearing at the press tour to promote his upcoming Netflix comedy “The Kominsky Method.”

“It’s just common courtesy and decency to take care of each other,” he said.