Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Here's The Text Message That Got '60 Minutes' Boss Fired

Here's The Text Message That Got '60 Minutes' Boss Fired

Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the CBS News program "60 Minutes" and former head of news, is leaving the company in the latest fallout from sexual-harassment allegations that have engulfed the network.

Rhodes also wrote that Fager's exit "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently". Murder, She Wrote was canceled in 1996, when Lansbury was 70 years old.

"I am that reporter", Duncan said on air.

Bill Owens will manage "60 Minutes" as the company searches for a replacement, Rhodes said in his memo, adding the interim CEO of CBS, Joe Ianniello, "is in full support of the decision and the transition to come". 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.

In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves acknowledged three of the encounters in their most recent report but said they were consensual. A second Farrow article last week alleged that Fager had groped an employee at a company event. "I am taking a few days off from The Talk to be with my family", she said in a statement released simultaneously with the episode.

Steve Kroft, a veteran correspondent on "60 Minutes", told CNN, "Over the years Jeff Fager has done a remarkable job managing '60 Minutes, ' but the text message to Jericka Duncan was threatening and inappropriate".

Bloodworth Thomason doesn't mention the incident or the actress again, but the claim reinforces the sexual misconduct allegations Moonves is now facing and the pattern of behavior suggested in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker pieces. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.

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Meanwhile, Connecticut's Quinnipiac University, which presented Fager with its Fred Friendly journalism award earlier this year, said it has rescinded the honor.

As previously reported by Inside the BB House, Leslie Moonves (Julie Chen's husband) has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by a number of women.

Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves.

In the op-ed, Bloodworth Thomason mentions an incident involving Moonves and "a famous actress" that took place in the CBS dining room. CEO Leslie Moonves on Sunday. "This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution".

Their exits follow Charlie Rose, the former co-host of "CBS This Morning".

In a statement released Sunday evening, CBS said Moonves would depart his position "effective immediately".

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