CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

Jeff Fager

'60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager out at CBS

We learned the answer to that question on Wednesday: Jeff Fager, who ran "60 Minutes" for 14 years as executive producer, found himself the subject of a journalistic investigation, as opposed to its agent.

News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy".

Duncan, who has been tasked with reporting on both Fager and Moonves for CBS News these past few days, then went one step further and revealed the exchange that led to Fager's exit.

In a statement sent to CNN's Brian Stelter, Fager said his ouster had nothing to do with the New Yorker story. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it.

Fager responded to Duncan's request for comment, a journalistic standard, with an angry response telling the reporter she would be "held responsible for harming me" if she repeated the allegations without her own reporting on the subject.

Fager, who is a former CBS News chairman and was a "60 Minutes" executive producer for 15 seasons, has denied the allegations, which include dissuading employees from reporting incidents to HR.

Duncan said she reached out to Fager on Sunday, after a New Yorker story detailed an allegation against him in which a woman said he groped her at a party. 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.

Jeff Fager at the "60 Minutes" offices in NY on September 12, 2017.

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Fager's termination comes after former CBS CEO Les Moonves resigned on Sunday.

"I don't care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff", Arnold Kopelson reportedly said in a meeting at the time.

Following her report, evening news anchor Jeff Glor told Duncan that Fager's message was "unacceptable", and that everyone at the broadcast supported her.

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". CBS News released a statement vaguely explaining why they parted ways with him after decades with 60 Minutes.

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo previous year.

In August, the CBS board of directors hired two outside law firms to investigate the initial claims against Moonves, as well as other reports of sexual harassment and "cultural issues at all levels of CBS".

Sources at CBS News said there was a consensus that the network couldn't take action in the Fager case until the Moonves case was settled.

Mr Fager, 63, called the claims "false", and said they "do not stand up to editorial scrutiny".

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