'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out At CBS

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

A CBS News reporter has spoken out about the threatening text message she received from former 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who was sacked on Wednesday in the wake of recent accusations of sexual misconduct and fostering an abusive workplace.

"It is our commitment to uphold these policies at every level", CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement. The allegations of misconduct will continue to be investigated independently, however. Murder, She Wrote was canceled in 1996, when Lansbury was 70 years old. "It was. I'll have more reporting on this tonight", she tweeted.

Rhodes said that Fager's longtime No. 2, Bill Owens, will manage the newsmagazine while a search is underway "for a new executive producer of the program".

The extraordinary drama within CBS News is an outgrowth of an investigation into Fager's behavior.

CBS News reported the change, quoting the note as saying that Fager "is leaving the company" after having served as the executive editor of "60 Minutes" since 2008. Now, with more serious allegations against the fallen CBS exec making headlines, Chen has not issued a statement on her current stance.

His exit follows articles by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker that included accusations that Fager inappropriately touched employees, and a report by The Washington Post's Erik Wemple that Fager tolerated years of alleged abusive conduct by a senior producer.

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News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy". The announcement comes just days after news that CEO Leslie Moonves was leaving amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a new story on Sunday, Farrow cited a former intern who said that Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as "sexist" and a "boy's club". But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door.

In July, after Farrow's first New Yorker expose, Chen issued a defiant statement, saying, "I have known my husband, Leslie Moonves, since the late '90s, and I have been married to him for nearly 14 years".

He continued: "In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations".

In the op-ed, Bloodworth Thomason mentions an incident involving Moonves and "a famous actress" that took place in the CBS dining room. It led to CBS ousting him from his role as CEO and chairman of the network. "I know nothing about the man other than he's Julie's husband and he was the head of the biggest network in the world and the most powerful man in TV".

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

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