Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Jeff Fager, executive producer of '60 Minutes,' leaves CBS amid harassment accusations

Jeff Fager, executive producer of '60 Minutes,' leaves CBS amid harassment accusations

"However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level".

It is unclear what specific company policy the memo references.

Also in that New Yorker package: An on-the-record account from a former CBS intern who alleged that Fager had groped her buttocks at a work party in the late 2000s.

Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject.

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Duncan revealed the contents of the text message on the "CBS Evening News" on Wednesday, "since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today".

Asked on "CBS This Morning" whether she felt threatened by the message, Duncan said, "I did, and it's even hard to say that today". Fager said it was because of a text message he sent to a CBS News reporter who was covering the story about him.

"Like a lot of women in Hollywood, I am happy to dance on his professional grave", she wrote. "There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem". The announcement comes just days after news that CEO Leslie Moonves was leaving amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

An outside law firm has been investigating Fager following reports in the New Yorker that he groped women in parties and protected men accused of misconduct. The allegations against Fager included unwanted touching. However, Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named and the spotlight was placed on Fager after Moonves' exit.

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During that time Thomason said she was told Moonves" mantra regarding female talent was, "Why would I wanna cast "em if I don't wanna f-k 'em?" He has been at CBS News for more than 35 years.

Fager was only the second executive producer of "60 Minutes" in the show's 50-year history. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes". CBS News said the company will begin a search for a new executive producer of the program.

If he can't, the 68-year-old's contract entitles him to $120 million - but board members tell the Times it's very likely he'll leave without a cent. In November, the company fired longtime TV personality Charlie Rose over allegations of harassment. Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".

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