A timeline of Jian Ghomeshi's dismissal from the CBC
While the Star has owned the day as far as coverage of Jian Ghomeshi's abuse allegations go, the Globe has now picked up some of the slack as pertains to the former radio host's dismissal from the CBC. Naturally, the broadcaster has tried to keep the story behind Ghomeshi's firing under wraps -- particularly with that massive but dubious lawsuit pending -- but we now have a pretty good idea of what happened behind closed doors.
Two crucial meetings took place in the host's final days at the CBC, one on Thursday (Oct. 23) and one on Sunday (Oct. 26). According to the Globe, Ghomeshi presented evidence that his sexual activities were consensual at the first meeting, but the "proof" that he presented to CBC management backfired.
"[They] were taken aback, and their views on Mr. Ghomeshi's conduct changed instantly," reads the report. "What they saw, in their opinions, was far more aggressive and physical than anything they had been led to believe during months of discussions."
In the wake of this meeting, Ghomeshi was put on indefinite leave on Friday afternoon. His career with the CBC wasn't, however, finished until his behaviour in the second meeting. "When he arrived at the Sunday meeting, his dismissal was not yet a foregone conclusion," a source told the Globe.
"Had he expressed remorse, or offered to seek treatment, the CBC would have had to consider its next steps carefully... Given a chance to speak, Mr. Ghomeshi insisted he had done nothing wrong. His employment was terminated on the spot. The decision was unanimous."
The article also contains other intriguing information about what it was like to work at Q, not the least of which is that the trademark essays which led the show weren't typically penned by Ghomeshi. Former producer Matt Tunnacliffe is reported to have written 95 per cent of them.
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