'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

'60 Minutes' Chief Fager Fired From CBS After Violating Policy

In a statement, Fager said the termination "had nothing to do with" the New Yorker article, saying instead that it was because he sent a text message to a CBS reporter using "harsh language". In it, the writer and producer alleged that the network's newly ousted former CEO, Les Moonves, clearly had it out for her, as he had for Janet Jackson and the many women he's been accused of sexually harassing and worse.

The directors then began planning his exit - but reportedly still planned on giving him a $90 million exit package, until the New Yorker published a second story Sunday with six more accusers who also slammed the possibility of a golden parachute. "The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager", Sarah Johansen told Farrow.

Fager did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

The revelations stirred the assignment desk at CBS News, which has been forced to cover this long-running internal management crisis.

"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 a year ago. It's not clear whether those findings will be made public.

CBS released Fager's text last night, and it carried an ominous tone since it warned that "there are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me". However, Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named and the spotlight was placed on Fager after Moonves' exit.

But Rhodes said in his memo that "this action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

In a statement to CNN, Fager said his axing "had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker".

CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan said she received Fager's message after she started to work on a story about him on Sunday, following the posting of a New Yorker story with fresh allegations that were denied by Fager. Could it really have been more egregious than the inappropriate touching claims? Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.

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

"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". "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

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