Stars Reflect on TV Hall of Fame Inductee Moonves
March 12, 2013
CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves was among the honorees inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame last night and ET's Rob Marciano was on the red carpet to get reaction from some of TV's biggest stars.
Television veteran Ted Danson -- who currently stars in the CBS hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- said he was thrilled to attend the induction ceremony in Beverly Hills and added that he doesn't really view Moonves as a boss since he's actually been a friend for many years.
Danson's wife Mary Steenburgen recalled meeting the CBS chief many years earlier when he was tending bar and she was working as a waitress and the two shared thoughts about their future dreams. "I just look at him and his life and his children, and what he created, and all the jobs he's been responsible for in his lifetime, and I think, you really did way better than you even thought you were going to do," she said.
Longtime TV star Florence Henderson praised Moonves for his "amazing" success at the CBS network and said "he's also such a nice guy on top of it."
Moonves himself reflected on the part of his career that he believes made him so successful. "I think the thing I'm most proud of is picking the right people," he said. "When you're in a job like mine -- you know it's a cliché -- but it really is about having a great team with you. I love what I do, I love the creative process, I love the business side, so I'm a very lucky guy, I get to do what I love every single day."
Watch the video for more, including interviews with Matt LeBlanc, Kaley Cuoco and cast members from NCIS.
Among the other individuals inducted into the TV Hall of Fame were CBS News chief Washington Correspondent and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer, director/producer Ron Howard, Law & Order creator/executive producer Dick Wolf, and sportscaster Al Michaels.