'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

A CBS News reporter has spoken out about the threatening text message she received from former 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who was sacked on Wednesday in the wake of recent accusations of sexual misconduct and fostering an abusive workplace.

According to Washington Post and CNN reporters, CBS News president David Rhodes circulated a staff-wide memo Wednesday announcing Fager's departure.

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.

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.

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'. 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.

Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message.




The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete. "I was never sexually harassed or attacked by Les Moonves", she wrote in her guest column titled "Not All Harassment Is Sexual".

"Over the years, even when an actress managed to get one of my scripts through an agent, the deal would immediately be killed". The article said 19 current and former employees said Fager enabled a culture that "shielded bad behavior".

Duncan contacted the longtime 60 Minutes producer asking for a comment on the new allegations of sexual harassment made about him in a New Yorker story as the scandal involving CEO Les Moonves unfolded. 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".

"60 Minutes" will enter its 51st season under the leadership of executive editor Bill Owens while the search for a new executive producer begins. "We do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here", said Duncan on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

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.

But when the LA Times followed up with a report that TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb had gone to cops past 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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