Walt Disney's (DIS) - Get Report former COO has emerged as the leading candidate to run CBS Corp. CBS as it tries to move beyond a series of sexual harassment scandals, according to a published report.

Tom Staggs, who left Disney in 2016 after he fell out of running for the top job, has been "informally approached" by CBS about its interest in hiring him for the top job, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Staggs name has been bandied about in entertainment business trade publications for months, along with the names of other likely candidates as well.

Staggs is one of ten different candidates the CBS board is considering with the help of search firm Korn Ferry. Others on the list include CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello, CBS director Brian Goldner and Starz Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Hirsch, the Journal reports.

Signs that CBS' CEO search is heating up come after the media company's board announced Monday that Les Moonves, its former chief executive, would not receive his $120 million severance package.

Moonves, ousted from his job last fall, was the subject of an intensive, months-long investigation by two law firms hired by CBS to examine multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

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