Dan Taylor, a longtime host at CBS Radio, has abruptly left the company amid a broadening investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the legacy brands of the CBS media empire, The Post has learned.
The New York AG’s office is investigating CBS Radio for workplace misconduct, including explosive harassment allegations against Taylor and other hosts that were documented by The Post last year, according to one person familiar with the investigation.
Those included accusations that Taylor, a 40-year veteran who read the news and spun oldies during weekday afternoons at CBS Radio, used racial slurs and made homophobic comments about other employees, and had made suggestive comments to a young woman on a trip with coworkers.
Taylor referred to another radio host as a “f–king Jew bastard,” called a marketing manager a “dyke” and described a potential coworker as “faggy,” according to an HR complaint to CBS Radio that The Post had obtained.
Taylor also invited a 23-year-old subordinate to his hotel room and bought her a massage during an employee vacation, The Post reported earlier.
The CBS Radio probe appears to be an outgrowth of the sexual misconduct investigation into former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was ousted last year on accusations that he sexually harassed female employees, sources said. Moonves has denied the allegations.
The New York AG’s investigation appears to be looking into problems not only at CBS Corp. itself, but also at brands that it previously owned including CBS Radio, which it spun off two years ago, according to a source close to the situation.
The New York AG’s CBS investigation is “not just TV,” according to the source.
CBS Radio, which was first started in 1926, was under the CBS Corp. umbrella until 2017, when radio giant Entercom finalized its acquisition of the station, making it the second-largest radio company in the US.
Taylor isn’t the only problem facing the legacy radio company.
Last year, former ad exec Lauren Lockwood filed a civil suit claiming that WFAN — the sports radio arm of CBS Radio — had fired her after she complained that personality Joe Benigno had tried to pressure her into a threesome with his wife.
Benigno “whispered in [Lockwood’s] ear about having ‘threesomes’ with him and his wife and prostitutes,” the suit claims.
“Benigno showed [Lockwood] a nude photo of his wife with a prostitute and propositioned [Lockwood] to join him, his wife and a prostitute in sexual intercourse,” according to the complaint.
Spokespeople for the AG’s office and Entercom didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Last September, CBS Corp. revealed in securities filings that the New York AG and the New York City Commission on Human Rights had subpoenaed the media giant about “cultural issues” at “all levels of CBS.” Entercom hasn’t disclosed any regulatory probes related to workplace issues.
However, last year Entercom said it would fight the Lockwood suit, and dismissed any complaints about its company culture.
“We are deeply offended by this mischaracterization of our culture and work environment. This handful of allegations from former employees of CBS Radio does not reflect Entercom’s culture or work environment,” Liz Zale, a spokeswoman at Sard Verbinnen, told The Post at the time.