Minutes Chief Jeff Fager Out at CBS


CBS News on Wednesday fired "60 Minutes" top executive Jeff Fager, who has been under investigation following reports that he groped women at parties and tolerated an abusive workplace.

CBS News says that 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is out of a job.

Fager was named in reporter Ronan Farrow's recent piece centered on Les Moonves, former CBS Corp. chief executive. Glor pointed this out on Wednesday's newscast: "In less than a year", he said, "three of the most powerful men in broadcasting" - Fager, Moonves and Rose - "all accused of sexual misconduct, have either been fired or resigned".

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

Longtime producer of the popular CBS News program "60 Minutes", Jeff Fager, stepped down from his position on Wednesday, after violating "company policy", new memos show.

The specific violation involved a text message that Fager sent to Jericka Duncan, one of the CBS reporters who has been covering the fallout from Farrow's reporting.

Earlier Wednesday, Fager issued a statement defending his actions and denying the accounts in Farrow's report.

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Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be responsible for harming me", Fager wrote, per Duncan. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked". He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30.

After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat.

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.

Nineteen women have come forward to detail what they claim was a hostile environment at 60 Minutes where harassment was condoned, with some detailing specific incidents involving Fager.

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".

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo previous year.