‘The Late Show’ drops Jeremy Piven as guest amid sexual harassment claims
CBS has decided not to air a prerecorded interview with Jeremy Piven on Friday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert amid the recent sexual harassment allegations surrounding the actor.
“Jeremy Piven’s interview for Friday’s broadcast was pretaped earlier this week on Monday, Oct. 30. Since we were unable to address recent developments in that interview, we are replacing that segment with a new guest,” a spokesperson for The Late Show told The Hollywood Reporter.
Piven was scheduled to appear on Friday’s program to promote his CBS show Wisdom of the Crowd.
On Tuesday, actress Ariane Bellamar alleged on Twitter that Piven groped her on the set of Entourage, the HBO hit for which Piven won three Emmys. CBS responded in a statement saying, “We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.”
HBO also issued a statement Tuesday: “Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously.”
Piven denied the allegations in a statement to THR on Tuesday, saying, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
This story originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.