Jeff Fager will leave as executive producer of “60 Minutes,” effective immediately, just three days following the forced resignation of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.
“Jeff Fager is leaving the company effective immediately,” read a note to staff from CBS News president David Rhodes on Wednesday, obtained by TheWrap. “Bill Owens will manage the ’60 Minutes’ team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program. ’60 Minutes’ is the most significant news broadcast on television. We are fortunate to have incredibly talented journalists in place whom we know will continue to deliver our defining investigative work.”
Fager’s departure comes amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the longtime CBS News executive. Fager was accused of misconduct by six women in Ronan Farrow’s July New Yorker exposé about workplace culture at the network and its news division. In early May, CBS had announced an internal investigation after the Washington Post published multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against ousted “CBS This Morning” co-host and “60 Minutes” contributor Charlie Rose and other division executives.
That investigation was later folded into the larger probe being conducted by
However, Rhodes’ memo continued: “This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level. Joe Ianniello is in full support of this decision and the transition to come.”
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