Minutes Jeff Fager leaving CBS after reports of inappropriate behavior

Minutes Jeff Fager leaving CBS after reports of inappropriate behavior

CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan says she felt threatened when "60 Minutes" boss Jeff Fager sent her a text message to "be careful" when she questioned him about reports that he tolerated an abusive environment at the newsmagazine.

News broke Wednesday afternoon that CBS terminated Fager's contract early because he had "violated company policy".

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

He said Mr Fager had "violated company policy", without elaborating on how.

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

Fager and Rhodes had worked for several years as a team, when Fager was appointed CBS News chairman by Moonves.

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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". Why not roll this violation into the investigations of management practices being conducted by two prominent law firms? "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", he said. Would the company have cashiered Fager for that mere offense, absent the underlying claims? She explained that on Sunday, she got in touch with Fager requesting a comment for a story published about the allegations against him.

CBS has figured prominently in coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Jeff Fager of the show "60 Minutes Sports" speaks on stage during the Showtime panel presentation of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2013. Bloodworth Thomason insists that while Moonves never sexually harassed or attacked her, he used his position of power to assault other CBS employees, including an actress on an "iconic detective show".

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. In January, when rumors first began to swirl that there was a story coming out about the CEO, Moonves met with Michael J. Aiello, a lawyer hired by the network's board of directors, and he insisted that there were only a few incidents from before his time at CBS and nothing current for the network to worry about. Now, within a matter of days, both men have departed the network.

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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