Jeff Fager out as '60 Minutes' executive producer following harassment claims

Danny Woods
September 13, 2018

CBS News is under intense scrutiny this week following the ousting of both CEO Les Moonves and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, and there's new reporting from The New York Times tonight on the circumstances of how both ended up being booted.

CBS News says that 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is out of a job. On Sunday, Duncan reached out to Fager for his response to allegations in The New Yorker that he had groped or touched CBS employees at company parties.

Fager and Rhodes had worked for several years as a team, when Fager was appointed CBS News chairman by Moonves.

An article by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker published in late July included allegations that Fager had encouraged a "frat house" atmosphere and ignored complaints about harassment from a number of women, even after CBS had paid financial settlements to three employees of the newsmagazine.

Fager is leaving because he "violated company policy, and it is our commitment to uphold these policies at every level", CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement.

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.

Duncan showed a text message, apparently from Fager, which read, "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me".

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In a statement, Fager denied the allegations and added that the termination was unrelated to them. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did".

After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat. He was set to begin his 15th season as executive producer of "60 Minutes", which returns for its 51st season September 30.

A representative for Fager said he had no further comment on Wednesday night.

"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately", Rhodes wrote. "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl.

"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.

In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.

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