CBS reporter says she felt threatened by Fager message

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

Story alleges a darker side of'60 Minutes

After over three decades at CBS News, "60 Minutes" executive producer Jeff Fager was abruptly fired on Wednesday for what he said afterward was a single "harsh" text message to a CBS correspondent, a message which CBS has now released.

Rhodes said Fager's ouster was "not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

"If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be responsible for harming me", Fager wrote, per Duncan.

The specific violation involved a text message that Fager sent to Jericka Duncan, one of the CBS reporters who has been covering the fallout from Farrow's reporting.

Rhodes said Fager violated company policy but did not specify the policy.

Fager was named in reporter Ronan Farrow's recent piece centered on Les Moonves, former CBS Corp. chief executive. Outside law firms were brought in to conduct investigations.

Fager said he would not have thought that one note would have resulted in a dismissal after 36 years at the network, "but it did".

His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims?

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Duncan said she was "shocked" when she received the text, saying it put her in an extremely compromising position as she looked into allegations of sexual misconduct against Fager.

Also in that New Yorker package: An on-the-record account from a former CBS intern who alleged that Fager had groped her buttocks at a work party in the late 2000s.

Rhodes' action against Fager also exacerbated the longstanding tensions between "60 Minutes" and the rest of the news division. "I was never sexually harassed or attacked by Les Moonves", she wrote in her guest column titled "Not All Harassment Is Sexual".

Moonves stepped down as chairman and CEO of CBS that day, but the board is still waiting for its internal probe to wrap up before deciding if he can be fired for cause and denied a payout.

If you ever watched CBS between 1975 and 1995, the name Linda Bloodworth Thomason should be familiar. It was then decided that the former CEO's evasiveness meant he could be terminated with cause, and in the end Moonves left the network without a dime.

Incidentally, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is now developing a Designing Women reboot, but this time she won't have to worry about Les Moonves blocking it no matter what network she pitches it to.

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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