'60 Minutes' chief Jeff Fager leaves CBS amid harassment accusations

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Fager is the third major figure at CBS to lose his job in the past year over misconduct allegations, following news anchor Charlie Rose last November and CBS Corp.

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be responsible for harming me", Fager wrote, per Duncan.

Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.

CBS News reported Wednesday that correspondent Jericka Duncan reached out to Fager on Sunday seeking his response to allegations made in a New Yorker story published earlier that day detailing allegations of him touching CBS employees inappropriately. Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story.

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.

"60 Minutes" will enter its 51st season under the leadership of executive editor Bill Owens while the search for a new executive producer begins. 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".

In a statement, Fager denied the allegations and added that the termination was unrelated to them. One former female senior producer told Farrow that Fager promoted another senior producer who had been physically abusive toward her, twisting her arm behind her back, and advised her to not go to human resources with her concerns. "60 Minutes" is, as Rhodes notes in his memo, "the most significant news broadcast on television", having debuted in 1968 and served as the investigative home for such television inquisitors as Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl. He admitted that he was trying to secure the woman's silence by finding her work at CBS, according to a director and two others familiar with what Mr. Moonves said. Both Moonves and Fager have been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault, which was allegedly part of a broader hostile workplace for women at CBS.

Fager had been at CBS for more than 35 years, and was previously the chairman of CBS News.

"When he grabbed my ass, it was just, like, 'Welcome to '60 Minutes.' You're one of us now", Johnasen told The New Yorker.

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