'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Step Down Amid Controversy

'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Step Down Amid Controversy

'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Step Down Amid Controversy

CBS Corp (CBS.N) Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves resigned on Sunday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment uncovered in two New Yorker stories in the past two months.

If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me.

Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.

According to anonymous sources speaking to The New York Times, former CBS CEO and Chariman Les Moonves's downfall was far from certain once the network became aware of the first allegations against the executive.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said CBS had terminated his contract early "because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story".

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CBS News president David Rhodes confirmed part of this as well in his memo, writing: 'This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently'.

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how.

In this 2017 photo, "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager poses for a photo at the "60 Minutes" offices, in NY. He has been at CBS News for more than 35 years.

"I am that reporter". Fager has denied the claims.

Duncan reported on the situation with Fager on Wednesday's edition of "CBS Evening News".

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Once on-air, she said that she felt the need to speak in light of recent developments.

"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 past year.

Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused Fager of inappropriate touching.

That memo went on to state: '60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television.

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"When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, 'Welcome to '60 Minutes.' You're one of us now", Johnasen told The New Yorker.

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