Jeff Fager Out as '60 Minutes' Executive Producer Following Harassment Claims

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

Embattled former "60 Minutes" head Jeff Fager was sacked for sending a harshly worded text to the CBS News reporter who is covering the sexual harassment scandals that have rocked CBS in recent weeks.

According to Washington Post and CNN reporters, CBS News president David Rhodes circulated a staff-wide memo Wednesday announcing Fager's departure.

Rhodes also wrote that Fager's exit "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me", Fager told Duncan in the text.

At a tense "60 Minutes" meeting on Wednesday with Rhodes, staffers insisted on an explanation of just how Fager had so violated company policy as to warrant summary dismissal.

The announcement roiled CBS News and came right on the heels of CBS CEO Les Moonves' exit from the company.

After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat. The writer/producer said it always seemed that the CBS boss enjoyed telling her he was turning her shows down and she later found out that he refused to give her scripts to any CBS stars he had under contract. Why not roll this violation into the investigations of management practices being conducted by two prominent law firms?

He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'.

But Farrow had numerous sources, including six former employees who said that "Fager, while inebriated at company parties, would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable". "Bill Owens, who has served as executive editor at 60 Minutes since 2008, will manage the team during the search for a replacement".

CBS has figured prominently in coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a new story on Sunday, Farrow cited a former intern who said that Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as "sexist" and a "boy's club".

A representative for Fager said he had no further comment on Wednesday night.

If you ever watched CBS between 1975 and 1995, the name Linda Bloodworth Thomason should be familiar. The vast majority of Twitter users think that Moonves assaulted Angela Lansbury, star of the hit CBS detective drama Murder, She Wrote, and now, fans are coming to the 92-year-old actress' defense.

Charlie Rose, who hosted the morning news show alongside Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, was dropped from the show in November following sexual misconduct allegations.



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