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CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart

Rhodes said Wednesday his exit is "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".

Jericka Duncan revealed she was the journalist Fager mentioned during Wednesday's telecast of CBS Evening News.

For several hours on Wednesday, the contents of his text were a secret.

And actress/reality star Lisa Rinna was quick to comment on the ostensible casting philosophy, noting she had auditioned for Moonves multiple times over the years but had never been cast.

The text message from Fager represents an attempt to pull rank and intimidate a reporter, something that surely happens to investigative reporters all the time at CBS News.

The jam-packed Big Brother episode, which will feature a double eviction, is Chen's first TV appearance since her husband's career-ending scandal. "I think it's important for you to know.that the entire team at Evening News supports you 100%".

Fager previously served as chairman of CBS News and became executive producer of 60 Minutes in 2003. "This whole situation saddens me deeply". The article said 19 current and former employees said Fager enabled a culture that "shielded bad behavior". There's also some anger and apprehension. Staffers are are fiercely protective of the newsmagazine. CBS News said the company will begin a search for a new executive producer of the program.

And Rhodes pointedly invoked the name of the company's new acting CEO, Joe Ianniello.

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"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace - a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work", Rhodes said in a memo past year.

The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker.

In another report Sunday, former intern Sarah Johansen accused Fager of groping her at a work event.

Both men were defiant after the story was published. Fager, who was named in reports about tolerating an abusive workplace at CBS, stepped down today.

Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves.

Julie Chen is set to make her return to CBS after four days away from her daytime chatfest, The Talk. Though she was working under what she describes as "the largest writing and producing contract in the history of CBS", reportedly estimated to be $45 million, the network president would not allow a single pilot of hers to be produced for seven years. After all, Moonves was the ultimate boss.

Rumors have been rampant about Julie Chen's future at CBS in the aftermath of Mooves' departure from the network.

One of the morning show's co-hosts, Gayle King, said that "it certainly sounded like a threat".