'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out At CBS

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2018

Jeff Fager, executive producer of CBS News' "60 Minutes", is leaving the company amid sexual harassment and assault accusations from several women.

Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of "60 Minutes", was sacked on Wednesday amid accusations of inappropriate conduct at the acclaimed newsmagazine.

Amid the news, Fager issued a statement to Fox News that said the move "had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker". The broadcast's offices are physically removed from the main CBS News office across 57th Street in Manhattan, and Rhodes held a tense meeting there with staff members on today about Fager's dismissal.

Fager was named chairman of CBS News in 2011, overseeing the transition on "Evening News" between Dan Rather and Katie Couric.

CBS has fired long-time "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager, saying he "violated company policy". A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful".


Fager did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

His firing came only three days after the CBS Corp. board ousted the company's chief executive, Leslie Moonves, who was charged with sexual misconduct in the same New Yorker articles.

Think of all the people and institutions that winced, wailed and/or wilted under the accountability furnished by the celebrated newsmagazine "60 Minutes". "My language was harsh and, despite the fact that all journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it".

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.

Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message.


This is what he replied with, per Duncan: "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me".

In response to that allegation, Fager told CBS News, "This is an outrageous claim and it didn't happen".

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. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did". Fager is denying the misconduct allegations against him while stating he was sacked because of the "harsh" text he sent Duncan.

Bloodworth Thomason soon began to hear stories from colleagues about Moonves' mistreatment of women - including the time he "shoved his tongue" into the mouth of one "iconic" CBS detective-show star after telling her that she was too old to appear on his network.


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