Jeff Fager Leaving CBS Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Jeff Fager Leaving CBS Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

The longtime executive producer for 60 Minutes has been forced to resign after CBS executives learned that he had violated the company's policy.

CBS News says that 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is out of a job.

Fager's departure comes days after CBS announced the departure of its former CEO and chairman, Les Moonves, not long after two New Yorker articles detailed accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

"Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately", said CBS News president David Rhodes in a memo to staffers, which was quickly circulated to media reporters Wednesday. The allegations of misconduct will continue to be investigated independently, however.

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how. She's not of a mind to be high-minded, however, in addressing Moonves:

.in spite of the fact that I was raised to be a proper Southern female, and with your acknowledgement that I have never, in my life, spoken a single cross word to you, despite the way you treated me, may I simply say, channeling my finest Julia Sugarbaker delivery: "Go fuck yourself!"

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The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker, ' said Fager.

Six former employees told The New Yorker that Fager would touch employees inappropriately while inebriated at company events, including an incident in which Fager allegedly commented on an associate producer's breasts and then became "belligerent" when she refused his drunken advances. Not long before, she'd landed a $50 million contract to produce new series for CBS. He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it". "The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager".

He ended, "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did". "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked".

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. He showed up at the first table read and took a chair directly across from mine (actress Illeana Douglas, who later accused him of sexual harassment, sat next to me). Farrow corroborated Johansen's story with a male producer on the show.

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