A CBS News reporter has spoken out about the threatening text message she received from former 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who was sacked on Wednesday in the wake of recent accusations of sexual misconduct and fostering an abusive workplace.
According to Washington Post and CNN reporters, CBS News president David Rhodes circulated a staff-wide memo Wednesday announcing Fager's departure. Rhodes said Wednesday his exit is "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".
Fager's statement prompted Duncan to share the text on Wednesday's "CBS Evening News". Murder, She Wrote was canceled in 1996, when Lansbury was 70 years old.
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Bill Owens will manage "60 Minutes" as the company searches for a replacement, Rhodes said in his memo, adding the interim CEO of CBS, Joe Ianniello, "is in full support of the decision and the transition to come".
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the flagship CBS news program, "60 Minutes", has left the network. She did just that but still has yet to make a statement about how she feels about the recent allegations against and investigation into Moonves.
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Prior to her Big Brother appearance, 48-year-old Chen told ET in a statement that she was taking time off from her co-hosting duties on CBS' The Talk. A CBS News reporter working on a story about Fager revealed that he had sent her a text message urging her to "be careful". On Sunday, CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan "reached out to Fager for his response to allegations in The New Yorker that he had groped or touched CBS employees at company parties", CBS reports.
Fager, a former CBS News chairman, has also been accused of dissuading employees from reporting incidents to human resources. "Similar frustrations about perceived inaction have prompted another woman to raise a claim of misconduct against Jeff Fager".
In the same story, Farrow published the initial allegations of harassment and assault by Moonves.
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Farrow continued reporting. He heard from additional women who lodged serious accusations against Moonves. "We do receive harsh language all the time, but this is someone who held an enormous amount of power here", said Duncan on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Now, within a matter of days, both men have departed the network. Also one day since Chen and Moonves may have seen that report that board members have privately said it is all but certain the company will pay Moonves none of that $120M exit package.