CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

CBS Corp. has terminated "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager's contract following a bombshell New Yorker article that accused the "60 Minutes" executive producer of sexual harassment.

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

In a new allegation against Fager, Sarah Johansen, a producer who was an intern at CBS in the late aughts, said that he groped her at a work party...

The network news president, David Rhodes, said Fager's firing was "not directly related" to the allegations against him, but because he violated company policy.

Jeff Fager - who has been booted from CBS on Wednesday after sexual misconduct allegations were made against him - says he was sacked because he sent a "harshly worded" text message to an CBS employee "demanding fair coverage".

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Fager put a fine point on his dismissal.

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. "My language was harsh and, despite the fact that all journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it".

Fager added, "One such note should ot result in termination after 36 years, but it did".

CBS continues to clean house, with Jeff Fager following in the footsteps of both Les Moonves and Charlie Rose.

"A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers", Farrow wrote. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager". Fager initially denied the allegations against him, which included claims that he touched women inappropriately at parties and shielded men beneath him who were accused of misconduct. One former female senior producer told Farrow that Fager promoted another senior producer who had been physically abusive toward her, twisting her arm behind her back, and advised her to not go to human resources with her concerns.

Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked". Farrow corroborated Johansen's story with a male producer on the show.

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