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

In the texts, which were sent after Duncan went for comment, Hager wrote: 'If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be held responsible for harming me'.

The text message from Fager represents an attempt to pull rank and intimidate a reporter, something that surely happens to investigative reporters all the time at CBS News.

Perhaps not, but it's impossible to isolate these two things: Duncan received this message of arrogance and entitlement - indeed, a threat - because she wanted to know whether Fager really did view company functions as feel-copping expeditions. "Since Jeff Fager publically referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it", Duncan said. She wasted years, she said, hoping he'd come around to her before realizing he never would.

The departure comes at a time of intense public scrutiny of CBS, including the recent resignation of its CEO, Leslie Moonves, once among the most powerful and well-compensated media executives.

Fager, who is a former CBS News chairman and was a "60 Minutes" executive producer for 15 seasons, has denied the allegations, which include dissuading employees from reporting incidents to HR.

He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fager was accused of inappropriately touching and groping women at CBS social events but these accusations weren't what led to his firing, Fager believes.

Steve Kroft, a veteran correspondent on "60 Minutes", told CNN, "Over the years Jeff Fager has done a remarkable job managing '60 Minutes, ' but the text message to Jericka Duncan was threatening and inappropriate".

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.

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. CBS News released a statement vaguely explaining why they parted ways with him after decades with 60 Minutes.

"When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, 'Welcome to '60 Minutes.' You're one of us now", Johnasen told The New Yorker. CBS News said the company will begin a search for a new executive producer of the program.

News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy".

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