Executive Jeff Fager Out at CBS News

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Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager poses for a photo at the "60 Minutes" offices, in New York. September 12, 2017

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on September 12, 2018.

CBS News chief David Rhodes issued a statement announcing Jeff Fager, longtime division exec and current EP of 60 Minutes was stepping down “effective immediately.”

Fager is out in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, including a new one on Sunday that was detailed in a Ronan Farrow piece in The New Yorker that brought down CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves. This time a former intern accused the newsmag chief and former CBS News chair of groping her at an office party.

Rhodes insisted in his statement that “This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently.” …

Deadline Hollywood 9/12


CBS News Reveals Jeff Fager Texts That Led to Firing: ‘Be Careful’

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Jeremy Barr on September 12, 2018.

CBS News national correspondent Jericka Duncan on Wednesday revealed the text message that 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager sent to her after she contacted him for comment on a New Yorker report on Sunday morning that implicated his conduct. Fager claims it’s what got him fired.

Duncan revealed the messages on CBS Evening News.

Fager texted her: “If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me. Be careful. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem.”

Fager, who had been accused of sexual misconduct in two recent New Yorker stories focused on allegations against former CBS CEO Les Moonves, stepped down earlier on Wednesday. …

THR 9/12

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