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

Calvin Saunders
September 14, 2018

Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of "60 Minutes", was sacked on Wednesday amid accusations of inappropriate conduct at the acclaimed newsmagazine.

In Rhodes' memo to staffers on Wednesday, he said, "This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject.

"I am that reporter", CBS journalist Jericka Duncan announced on CBS Evening News Wednesday night, recounting her exchange with Fager. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level".

CBS had been under intense scrutiny for several weeks following the first New Yorker article, which largely focused on CEO Leslie Moonves. He also introduced "CBS This Morning" in January 2012.

The directors began changing their minds about their chairman a month ago, after a news report revealed that a woman had previously reported the TV titan to police for forcing her to perform oral sex - and he then admitted he was trying to get another accuser a job at CBS to keep her quiet, the New York Times reports.

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Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.

He added: 'One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did'. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims?

In a July story in The New Yorker, journalist Ronan Farrow reported that six former employees told him that Fager would touch employees in ways that made them uncomfortable at company parties, and that in one instance he made a drunken advance toward one junior staffer. But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door.

'Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program'.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason has a different kind of Les Moonves story, but it's as powerful as numerous others unearthed in Ronan Farrow's recent exposé about the fallen CBS chief. Bloodworth Thomason insists that while Moonves never sexually harassed or attacked her, he used his position of power to assault other CBS employees, including an actress on an "iconic detective show".

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.

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