Les Moonves on 'Appalling' Big Brother Brouhaha, Future of Soaps, Failure of Beverly Hills Cop

Big-Brother-CBS-RacismCBS CEO Les Moonves tackled a slew of hot topics when he faced reporters Monday morning at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Herewith are the highlights:

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OH, BROTHER | Regarding this summer’s Big Brother racial brouhaha, Moonves reminded critics that “Big Brother was established as a social experiment,” adding, “Clearly, that is what’s happening this year. I find some of the behavior appalling, personally… I think we’ve handled it properly. Obviously a lot of it makes us uncomfortable. I’ve watched every episode of the show… So, I do know what is going on there. We did not comment on some of the racial things going on until it affected the household.”

COP OUT | On the decision not to pick up Beverly Hills Cop to series, Moonves said, “We do a lot of pilots and the best get on the air. We felt we had better [options].”

IN A LATHER | CBS’ last two daytime soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, are not in danger of cancellation. “They’re doing well, they’re profitable,” he insisted. “They were able to, a few years back, do their shows a bit more economically… We believe those two soaps will be on for a long, long time. We don’t believe the form is dead.”

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE DOME | Under the Dome, which was just renewed for a second season, was always envisioned as a multiple-season show. “We didn’t put it on just to have 15 episodes on,” said Moonves. “We put it on to have many seasons. Why can’t they be under the dome for years? This is television!”