Here's The Text Message That Got '60 Minutes' Boss Fired

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Jeff Fager has been relieved of his duties as executive producer of "60 Minutes", according to a memo issued on Wednesday afternoon by David Rhodes, the president of CBS News.

Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the flagship CBS news program, "60 Minutes", has left the network. He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it".

CBS launched an investigation into Fager over the summer.

But Farrow had numerous sources, including six former employees who said that "Fager, while inebriated at company parties, would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable". "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager". "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level", wrote Rhodes. The programme 60 Minutes, which airs on Sunday evenings, was first broadcast in 1968. The allegations of misconduct will continue to be investigated independently, however.

Fager's departure comes just days after CBS CEO Leslie Moonves was ousted from the company amid at least a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct, also reported in The New Yorker.

He said "Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come". In The New Yorker'slater report, on which Fager declined to comment, Sarah Johansen, a former intern, said Fager groped her at a work party. Fager, who was named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace at CBS, stepped down today. But Mr. Aiello flatly denied that to the board, and when the Weill Gotshal lawyers who had listened in on the Moonves interview reviewed their notes, they found no reference to any threats from a woman. Farrow's follow-up story, published on Sunday, also included a new allegation against Fager.

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

"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 a year ago.

Their exits follow Charlie Rose, the former co-host of "CBS This Morning". Late a year ago, former "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose was sacked after more than 2 dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.

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