CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

CBS News on Wednesday announced that Fager would be leaving the company "effective immediately" amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. It came only three days after CBS Corp.

Fager was ousted from CBS yesterday amid claims of his misconduct and creation of a sexist working environment.

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

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 said his contract terminated early "because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story". He staunchly denied the accusations. Fager declined to comment to the magazine.

For several hours on Wednesday, the contents of his text were a secret.

In a statement, Fager said the termination "had nothing to do with" the New Yorker article, saying instead that it was because he sent a text message to a CBS reporter using "harsh language".

"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 replied. "I thank everyone here for their support". She also created the Burt Reynolds comedy, Evening Shade, and was an early writer for the CBS sitcoms M*A*S*H, Rhoda, and One Day at a Time.

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

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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'.

As Kroft's remark suggests, there is a palpable sense of sadness within CBS News. "60 Minutes" is one of the most revered programs in television news. With Fager out, they are anxious about its future. He became executive producer at 60 Minutes in 2003.

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

In the same story, Farrow published the initial allegations of harassment and assault by Moonves. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations. Fager, who was named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace at CBS, stepped down today.

If you ever watched CBS between 1975 and 1995, the name Linda Bloodworth Thomason should be familiar. A sequel of the Emmy Award-winning comedy, which ran from 1986 to 1993 on CBS, has received a script commitment from the Alphabet Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After all, Moonves was the ultimate boss.

Incidentally, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is now developing a Designing Women reboot, but this time she won't have to worry about Les Moonves blocking it no matter what network she pitches it to.

Their exits follow Charlie Rose, the former co-host of "CBS This Morning".

But when the LA Times followed up with a report that TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb had gone to cops previous year, accusing Moonves of sexual and physical assault when they worked together in the 1980s - he admitted to the directors that he'd known about the police report but didn't tell the company because it was a "personal matter", the Times reports.

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