Jeff Fager Leaving CBS Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Despite allegations of misconduct first reported by The New Yorker, Rhodes said Wednesday's action was "not directly related to the allegations" that surfaced in those press reports, but rather because Fager, who has worked for CBS for more than 35 years, "violated company policy".

In the texts, which were sent after Duncan went for comment, Hager wrote: 'If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be held responsible for harming me'.

CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke out Wednesday night about a text message exchange she had with "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager over the weekend that pushed Fager out of the company. "However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level".

After the text was shared on air, others at CBS also said they interpreted it as a threat.

CBS News says that 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is out of a job. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.

He said he didn't think one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

Nineteen current and former CBS employees have accused Fager of inappropriate touching and allowing harassment to occur at the network, according to The New Yorker.

CBS Corp (CBS.N) Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves resigned on Sunday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment uncovered in two New Yorker stories in the past two months. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims?

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.

In a statement, Moonves said, "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am". Rhodes was then brought in as news president, taking over full management of the news division when Fager went back to exclusively running "60 Minutes".

If you ever watched CBS between 1975 and 1995, the name Linda Bloodworth Thomason should be familiar. Moonves has left his post but is now staying on in an advisory role while outside law firms investigate the accusations brought by 12 different women against him.

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.

Charlie Rose, who hosted the morning news show alongside Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, was dropped from the show in November following sexual misconduct allegations.

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