'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out At CBS

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News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy". He claims text messages he sent to a CBS reporter were behind the termination.

Fager said in a statement that he was sacked because of the text message.

"It's even hard to say that today because, yes, we do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here, who I respected, and I was shocked", Duncan said.

CBS released Fager's text last night, and it carried an ominous tone since it warned that "there are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me".

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".

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Meanwhile, Connecticut's Quinnipiac University, which presented Fager with its Fred Friendly journalism award earlier this year, said it has rescinded the honor. They remained in their positions while law firms hired by CBS investigated the allegations.

An executive producer of "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in the late 1990s, Fager took over the same role at "60 Minutes" before becoming chairman of CBS News in 2011. In it, the writer and producer alleged that the network's newly ousted former CEO, Les Moonves, clearly had it out for her, as he had for Janet Jackson and the many women he's been accused of sexually harassing and worse.

The Talk panel agreed that Fager's text to Duncan was "threatening", rather that merely "harsh", as Fager has described it. And since the report from the New Yorker, Fager has said there was no legitimacy to the accusations.

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

'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'.

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Think of all the people and institutions that winced, wailed and/or wilted under the accountability furnished by the celebrated newsmagazine "60 Minutes".

"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.

Mr Fager, 63, called the claims "false", and said they "do not stand up to editorial scrutiny".

His exit comes following a series of articles by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker that included accusations that Fager inappropriately touched employees and that he also allowed harassment in his division.

CBS is now the most-watched network in the US.

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