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Jeff Fager, ‘60 Minutes’ Producer, Is Ousted at CBS After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Jeff Fager, ‘60 Minutes’ Producer, Is Ousted at CBS After Sexual Harassment Allegations

CBS announced on Wednesday that Jeff Fager, the longtime “60 Minutes” executive producer, was leaving for violating company policy, just days after Leslie Moonves stepped down as the company’s chief executive following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.In recent articles in The New Yorker and The Washington Post, Mr. Fager had been accused of touching women…


CBS announced on Wednesday that Jeff Fager, the longtime “60 Minutes” executive producer, was leaving for violating company policy, just days after Leslie Moonves stepped down as the company’s chief executive following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

In recent articles inThe New Yorkerand The Washington Post, Mr. Fager had been accused of touching women at company parties in ways that made them feel uncomfortable and fostering a culture of harassment at “60 Minutes.”

Mr. Fager has previously denied any wrongdoing and CBS has enlisted two law firms to do an independent investigation of the allegations.

David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, told staff in an email that Mr. Fager’s departure was “not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently.”

“However,” Mr. Rhodes continued, “he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.”

In his own statement, Mr. Fager said his dismissal “had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker.” Instead, he said that he had sent a text message to an unidentified CBS reporter “demanding that she be fair in covering the story.”

“My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it,” he wrote. “One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.”

His ouster comes just four days after Mr. Moonves was pushed out after a total of 12 women, in two articles in The New Yorker, made accusations against him that included forcing them to perform oral sex, physically assaulting them and retaliating against them professionally when they rebuffed his advances.

Mr. Fager, who served previously as chairman of CBS News, brought Charlie Rose to the network, first at “60 Minutes” and later on “CBS This Morning.” Mr. Rose was fired from the network last November afterhe was accused of sexual misconduct.

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