'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

CBS News said Wednesday that 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager would be leaving the company, following allegations he had sexually harassed employees.

CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday that Fager was sacked for violating company policy. The allegations of misconduct will continue to be investigated independently, however.

"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 responded.

"I am that reporter", CBS journalist Jericka Duncan announced on CBS Evening News Wednesday night, recounting her exchange with Fager.

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. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012. "So many comments, I can't say that enough about the people within this organization who sent me text message, e-mails, viewers, people on Twitter, so I'm extremely grateful for that".

CBS launched an investigation into Fager over the summer. 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. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked", Sarah Johansen, who worked as an intern in the 2000s and alleged Fager groped her, told the New Yorker. But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door.


His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.

"Over the years, even when an actress managed to get one of my scripts through an agent, the deal would immediately be killed".

But Fager has said that women have made significant advances at the broadcast, to the point where a majority its producers and associate producers are now women. Bloodworth-Thomason later began to hear from female CBS employees about Moonves' misogynist behavior.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason has a different kind of Les Moonves story, but it's as powerful as numerous others unearthed in Ronan Farrow's recent exposé about the fallen CBS chief.

The writer-producer ends her editorial by channeling Julia Sugarbaker, the fierce Southern feminist played by Dixie Carter in Designing Women, and giving Moonves a profane three-word send-off. In November, the company fired longtime TV personality Charlie Rose over allegations of harassment.

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