'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

Oscar Cross
September 14, 2018

Rhodes said Wednesday his exit is "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy".

In a statement sent to CNN's Brian Stelter, Fager said his ouster had nothing to do with the New Yorker story.

"It's even hard to say that today because, yes, we do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here, who I respected, and I was shocked", Duncan said. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did".

A day later, the network released the text message and provided some context.

The directors began changing their minds about their chairman a month ago, after a news report revealed that a woman had previously reported the TV titan to police for forcing her to perform oral sex - and he then admitted he was trying to get another accuser a job at CBS to keep her quiet, the New York Times reports. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager". A former CBS intern, Sarah Johansen, also told Farrow that Fager groped her at a work party.

The long-time producer of the CBS News show 60 minutes, Jeff Fager, is leaving his job "immediately" amid claims that he sexually harassed colleagues. Those allegations rode shotgun with the sexual-harassment and assault allegations against CBS chief executive Les Moonves, who resigned his position on Sunday, thanks to a fresh set of allegations from Farrow in the New Yorker.

Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message.

"It's unfortunate", Kroft said, "and everything about this situation saddens me".

In two New Yorker articles, the latest posted on Saturday, some women described the "60 Minutes" culture as a boy's club that's rough on women.

Bill Owens, executive editor at "60 Minutes", will step in to manage the "60 Minutes" team while a search for a replacement is conducted. Rose had been a co-anchor since 2012 on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent on "60 Minutes".

He said "Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come".

Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused him of inappropriate touching.

Mr Fager, 63, called the claims "false", and said they "do not stand up to editorial scrutiny".

The extraordinary drama within CBS News is an outgrowth of an investigation into Fager's behavior.

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