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

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

Former"60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager at the newsmagazine's New York offices on Sept. 12 2017

The executive producer of the CBS television program "60 Minutes", Jeff Fager, is leaving CBS News, according to a company memo on Wednesday, amid reports of inappropriate behavior.

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".

It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.

Fager responded by claiming his termination had nothing to do with the allegations in a recent New Yorker story about himself and Moonves, and instead stemmed from a text message he sent to an employee. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".

Fager's second in command at "60 Minutes", Bill Owens, will run the show while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Rhodes said.

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Fager is also accused of protecting other predators and encouraging a "frat house" atmosphere.

Fager previously served as chairman of CBS News and became executive producer of 60 Minutes in 2003. And Fager allowed a senior producer, Michael Radutzky, to engage in a pattern of abusive conduct in the workplace over a number of years - including an incident in which he allegedly twisted a female staffer's arm behind her back.

CBS said on Monday that it would pay $120 million to former Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves if an internal investigation into allegations of harassment fails to provide grounds for his dismissal. 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.

In a new story on Sunday, Farrow cited a former intern who said that Fager once groped her at an office function and described the culture as "sexist" and a "boy's club".

CBSi and Entertainment Tonight are both owned by CBS.

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