'60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Step Down Amid Controversy

039;60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager exits CBS News

Fager said in a statement today that "my language was harsh, and despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it".

He ended, "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did".

Fager was sacked Wednesday over the message.

The "Designing Women" creator penned a scathing essay alleging that the fallen CBS president derailed her career.

This is what he replied with, per Duncan: "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me". "I thank everyone here for their support". In this second meeting, with his own lawyers also present, Moonves admitted he knew about the police complaint, and he also revealed the existence of another accuser, whom he was now working to silence by offering her a job at CBS. "This whole situation saddens me deeply". She said Fager groped her at a work party. In 1992, Bloodworth-Thomason was given the largest writing and producing contract in the history of CBS, a $50 million deal for five new series with substantial penalties for each pilot not picked up. There's also some anger and apprehension.

That memo went on to state: '60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television. With Fager out, they are anxious about its future.

Think of all the people and institutions that winced, wailed and/or wilted under the accountability furnished by the celebrated newsmagazine "60 Minutes". "Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program".

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"On the day I officially parted company with CBS, the same day Mr. Moonves said he would only pay a tiny fraction of the penalties, my incredulous agent asked what he should tell me".

Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused Fager of inappropriate touching.

Both men were defiant after the story was published. Why not roll this violation into the investigations of management practices being conducted by two prominent law firms?

Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves. Fager told The New Yorker, "I have never discouraged anyone from going to H.R". She detailed her final transaction with Moonves and CBS in her THR piece.

The writer-producer ends her editorial by channeling Julia Sugarbaker, the fierce Southern feminist played by Dixie Carter in Designing Women, and giving Moonves a profane three-word send-off.

Duncan contacted the longtime 60 Minutes producer asking for a comment on the new allegations of sexual harassment made about him in a New Yorker story as the scandal involving CEO Les Moonves unfolded.

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