CBS says '60 Minutes' exec Jeff Fager out for violating company policy


An article by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker published in late July included allegations that Fager had encouraged a "frat house" atmosphere and ignored complaints about harassment from a number of women, even after CBS had paid financial settlements to three employees of the newsmagazine.

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.

And she has not made another statement regarding her husband, not after another round of allegations came to light, and not after Moonves was ousted at CBS.

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

"Moments before Chen would, on any other week, have appeared on The Talk last Monday, she instead sent out a statement saying "I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family", and that she was going off the CBS broadcast grid until tonight's Big Brother". "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked", she said.

Jeff Fager at the "60 Minutes" offices in NY on September 12, 2017.

Mr Fager himself denies harassment, and told reporters he had been fired over a "harsh" text he sent to a colleague.

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Rhodes' action against Fager also exacerbated the longstanding tensions between "60 Minutes" and the rest of the news division.

His firing resulted in raw feelings at the show, where CBS News President David Rhodes had a contentious meeting with staff on Wednesday, many of whom later joined Fager to commiserate at a nearby bar. First, here's some background: "Sunday evening I reached out to Fager for comment on the articles alleging he groped or touched CBS employees at company parties".

In November 2017, CBS News dropped Charlie Rose following a Washington Post investigation detailing allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Quinnipiac University has rescinded Fager's Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, which he received in June, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'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'.

The network also announced that it and Moonves would donate $20 million to organizations "that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace".

When Moonves took over CBS in the '90s Thomason said she was "at the pinnacle of my career", however, soon after she "would not work again for seven years". On Tuesday, The Talk co-hosts sounded off over the news that CBS may remain silent on its investigation into Moonves - and the culture at the network - before the recent shakeup.