Les Moonves was dropped this year from the 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment list following allegations of sexual misconduct.
The list, compiled annually by The Hollywood Reporter, was released this week and has a few high-profile names missing including the disgraced former CBS chairman, filmmaker John Lasseter, ex-Amazon boss Roy Price and director Brett Ratner.
All four men have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
The outlet said Moonves, who was ranked fourth last year, was scratched from the 2018 list earlier this month, after it was announced that he had been forced out of CBS as chairman and chief executive.
Les Moonves, ranked No. 4, on the 2017 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment list but was dropped this year
Moonves has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. His wife Julie Chen (pictured) has defended her husband
‘That one was easy for us,’ THR’s editorial director Matthew Belloni told CNN about removing Moonves.
‘He’s out of the business. He’s no longer in his role and this list is all about power and the ability to green light things and influence the culture and he’s no longer in that role.’
Belloni said the outlet decided to replace the former chairman with Ronan Farrow, the journalist who revealed allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves in two New Yorker investigations. Farrow originally ranked at 100th.
‘I said, “What about Ronan?” Belloni recalled. ‘And everybody just looked and said it makes sense, replacing one guy with the guy who caused him to be replaced.’
In the first New Yorker piece, six women alleged harassment and other misconduct by Moonves. At the time, he admitted to making mistakes in the past but denied claims he abused his power.
A second New Yorker article, said numerous women said Moonves either coerced or physically forced oral sex. Moonves said those allegations were not true. His wife Julie Chen has stuck by his side even leaving CBS’ The Talk so she could spend more time with her husband and their son.
Roy Price, pictured on the left with disgraced Harvey Weinstein, left Amazon Studios following sexual harassment allegations
Both John Lasseter (left) and Brett Ratner (right) were removed from the list
‘The list reflects the profound change that Hollywood has undergone over the past year,’ Belloni told CNN. ‘There were people who were on the list last year and are not this year specifically due to the Me Too movement.’
In November, Lasseter took a leave of absence from Disney’s Pixar following allegations he grabbed, kissed and made comments about women’s physical attributes. He has since apologized for the misconduct.
Actress Natasha Henstridge and five other women accused Ratner of a range of sexual harassment and misconduct that they say happened at his home and during industry events. Olivia Munn alleged that he masturbated in front of her in 2004 when she delivered a meal to his trailer on the set of a movie. Ratner has denied the allegations.
Price, former president of Amazon Studios, has also been accused of sexual harassment. He left the company last October, and has yet to address the claims against him.