Peter Lenkov, the executive producer of MacGyver and Magnum P.I. for CBS, has been fired amid allegations that he was a toxic leader.
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“Peter Lenkov is no longer the executive producer overseeing MacGyver and Magnum P.I., and the studio has ended its relationship with him,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement.”Monica Macer will be the showrunner on MacGyver, and Eric Guggenheim will run Magnum P.I. Both are currently executive producers on their respective series.”
In response to allegations that Lenkov was a toxic leader, CBS added, “our studio is committed to ensuring safe and respectful production environments. Over the past year, we have assigned human resource production partners to every show, expanded staff training and increased reporting options.”
“We will continue to evolve our practices with continued focus on building trust with all who work on our sets. Every complaint is taken seriously, every claim is investigated, and when evidence is clear that policies were violated and values not upheld, we take decisive action.”
Lenkov was the target of many investigations by CBS TV Studios after allegations were made that he was difficult to work with on Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver. The Hollywood Reporter shared that Lenkov was accused of favoring male employees, talking inappropriately about the way women looked and being dismissive of writers who were women and people of color.
In response, Peter Lenkov released the following statement to THR: “Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It’s difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I accept responsibility for what I am hearing and am committed to doing the work that is required to do better and be better.”