The executive producer of "60 Minutes", America's flagship investigative television news program, was out at CBS Wednesday in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct and allegedly tolerating an abusive culture.
Rhodes also wrote that Fager's exit "is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently".
CBS News reported Wednesday that correspondent Jericka Duncan reached out to Fager on Sunday seeking his response to allegations made in a New Yorker story published earlier that day detailing allegations of him touching CBS employees inappropriately.
Duncan contacted the longtime 60 Minutes producer asking for a comment on the new allegations of sexual harassment made about him in a New Yorker story as the scandal involving CEO Les Moonves unfolded.
In a statement, Fager denied the allegations and added that the termination was unrelated to them.
"The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker".
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Schuman said it's unfortunate the state didn't make the move retroactive to accommodate victims like her. He is happy to put this matter behind him, ' the statement concluded.
'Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story. He acknowledged that his language in the text was "harsh", but said that "although journalists received harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS didn't like it". She also claims that Fager told her to apologize to the other producer to "mitigate conflict in the office".
CBS News reported the change, quoting the note as saying that Fager "is leaving the company" after having served as the executive editor of "60 Minutes" since 2008.
His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.
'Since Jeff Fager publicly referred to our exchange today, I want to be transparent about it, ' she told viewers. "I really felt like this was one of the most sexist places I've ever worked".
Back in July, Farrow cited 19 current and former staffers who alleged that Fager "allowed harassment in the division", while six former staffers accused him of inappropriate touching.
"60 Minutes" is the most popular and powerful network news broadcast on television, and Fager is only the second person to lead it during its 50 years of history.