'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out At CBS

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Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of 60 Minutes, will be leaving the company following allegations that he sexually harassed employees and tolerated an abusive culture at the show.

Bill Owens will manage the "60 Minutes" team until a new executive producer is hired.

Fager's departure comes just days after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves was ousted from the company amid at least a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct, also reported in The New Yorker.

CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan said she received Fager's message after she started to work on a story about him on Sunday, following the posting of a New Yorker story with fresh allegations that were denied by Fager.

CBS said in an internal memo that, although the allegations are not directly related to Fager's termination, the company is still conducting an independent investigation into the matter.

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'. Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story.

Amid the news, Fager issued a statement to Fox News that said the move "had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker".

He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did". It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight, ' she wrote on Twitter.

Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents. In 2011 he was named the first ever chairman of CBS News, launching the current iteration of "CBS This Morning" during his tenure.

Sarah Johansen said that when she was an intern Fager allegedly groped her buttocks at a party, and she was later told this move was referred to as the 'Fager arm'. He was known as a hands-on executive producer, famous for meticulous involvement in screenings of prospective "60 Minutes" segments - in the tradition laid out by his predecessor.

"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately", Rhodes wrote.

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. The investigations into CBS and CBS News, one of which started after allegations against Charlie Rose surfaced and another after reports on Moonves, will continue.

Fager's exit ends a 36-year tenure with CBS News, majority as a producer.



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