'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out At CBS

Jeff Fager

"60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving CBS after sexual misconduct allegations.

CBS said in an internal memo that, although the allegations are not directly related to Fager's termination, the company is still conducting an independent investigation into the matter.

CBS had been under intense scrutiny for several weeks following the first New Yorker article, which largely focused on CEO Leslie Moonves.

Fager, who has denied the claims of harassment, released a statement confirming he was sacked because "I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters" over her coverage of newer allegations against him that The New Yorker published Sunday.

In response, Fager told CBS in a statement that, after 36 years, he was sacked for a "harsh text" that he sent to another CBS reporter.

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.

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

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The text message to Duncan was a warning over the network's coverage of the sexual harassment accusations against him. He initially resisted, but relented after CBS warned that he was contractually obligated to cooperate fully in any investigation. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years", Fager said, "but it did".

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

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how. It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight, ' she wrote on Twitter.

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".

Steve Kroft, a veteran correspondent on "60 Minutes", told CNN, "Over the years Jeff Fager has done a remarkable job managing '60 Minutes, ' but the text message to Jericka Duncan was threatening and inappropriate".

Farrow also cited "nineteen current and former employees" who said Fager "allowed harassment in the division". "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

"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. 60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television.

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