Jeff Fager Leaving CBS Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

039;60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager exits CBS News

Former"60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager at the newsmagazine's New York offices on Sept. 12 2017

Farrow's New Yorker piece detailed multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Moonves, but Bloodworth-Thomason zeroes in on a whole other type of harassment as she shares her story about how the once-powerful CBS executive derailed her career as a television writer.

"This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently", CBS News President David Rhodes said in a memo. Fager said it was because of a text message he sent to a CBS News reporter who was covering the story about him.

At a tense "60 Minutes" meeting on Wednesday with Rhodes, staffers insisted on an explanation of just how Fager had so violated company policy as to warrant summary dismissal. His departure comes two days after CBS announced that CEO Leslie Moonves would step down following allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

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.

Duncan tweeted later Wednesday that the text message was sent to her.

The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete.

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.

But Fager has said that women have made significant advances at the broadcast, to the point where a majority its producers and associate producers are now women. Fager issued a statement referring to the text message he sent correspondent Jericka Duncan after she reached out to him for comment on Sunday, the day Farrow's latest expose was published.

In a statement to CNN, Fager said his axing "had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker".

The writer-producer ends her editorial by channeling Julia Sugarbaker, the fierce Southern feminist played by Dixie Carter in Designing Women, and giving Moonves a profane three-word send-off.

"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. He became executive producer at 60 Minutes in 2003. "We do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here", said Duncan on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

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