CBS Corp (CBS.N) Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves resigned on Sunday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment uncovered in two New Yorker stories in the past two months. But Moonves wasn't the only CBS honcho named in the second report, and the spotlight was placed firmly on Fager once Moonves was shown the door.
Fager, who has denied the claims of harassment, released a statement confirming he was sacked because "I sent a text message to one of our CBS reporters" over her coverage of newer allegations against him that The New Yorker published Sunday.
Fager also released a statement, claiming that the company's decision was not related to the "false allegations" against him, and instead saying that his termination was due to a text message he sent to a female employee about covering the story in which "my language was harsh".
Rhodes said that Fager's longtime No. 2, Bill Owens, will manage the newsmagazine while a search is underway "for a new executive producer of the program".
The investigation into Fager by an outside law firm is not complete. "One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did", he said.
Now the reporter who received the message has revealed its contents.
This is what he replied with, per Duncan: "If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me". However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.
"I am that reporter", Duncan said on air. Rose had been a co-anchor since 2012 on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent on "60 Minutes".
"This is an outrageous claim and it didn't happen", Fager said in response.
He has been at CBS News for more than 35 years.
On Sunday, The New Yorker reported that a new accuser said "she "felt compelled to speak because she simply 'can't believe [Fager is] back there.'" The article described her as "a producer who was an intern at CBS" in the early 2000s who said that "he groped her at a work party". 60 Minutes is the most significant news broadcast on television.